In order to enhance deeper communications between UCD Confucius Institutes and its eight Confucius Classrooms, to promote Chinese Language and Culture teaching in secondary schools and local communities, UCD CII organised the 4th Confucius Classrooms Working Meeting. 18 attendees include principals and TY coordinators from five Confucius Classrooms, as well as representatives from UCD CII.
During the meeting, Professor Liming Wang gave a review of 2017-2018 Confucius Classroom Financial Report, and explained the application process of this year’s annual funding.
Two parties then exchanged views on the challenges facing the development of Short Course, and Chinese becoming a Leaving Cert subject in 2020. Discussion topics include the number of qualified teaching staff, curriculum design, the planning of timetable etc. Professor Liming Wang briefed the principals and coordinators how UCD CII endeavours to actively meet these challenges, and expressed his thanks to the ongoing support the secondary schools have shown us, and urged those present to continue their good work. Finally, all school representatives and teachers shared experiences and exchanged valuable suggestions to improve working proficiency.
The first UCD CII Confucius Classroom was established in 2010. The scale has expanded to eight Confucius Classrooms across the country. The meeting is of vital importance to oversee the management of these Classrooms and paved way for the growth of Chinese Language and Culture teaching in Ireland.