Saturday, October 13, 2012

4th Asia-Pacific Chinese teaching association conference opens in Vietnam

The fourth annual conference of the International Chinese Language Teaching Association in the Asia- Pacific region opened in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Saturday, drawing nearly 200 representatives from over ten regional countries and territories.

The conference was co-hosted by the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) under Vietnam National University and the Association of Chinese Teaching in Asia-Pacific.

Themed "Comparative Study of Culture, Language and Chinese Teaching and Learning", the conference is an opportunity for scholars in the region to exchange knowledge and experience in research and teaching Chinese language, contributing to strengthening cooperation among countries in the region in fields of teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language in the integration process.

"Chinese language is the one used by the largest population. Learning Chinese has been a basic skill of many countries' businessmen, while some countries even have incorporated Chinese language teaching into their national education plans," Liu Sanzhen, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, said when addressing the inauguration ceremony, "Chinese language experts worldwide presenting their research achievement here will do good to the development of the Chinese language."

"Sunwah Foundation, cooperating with ULIS, founded ULIS-Sunwah Chinese Teaching and Learning Study Center last year to promote Chinese language teaching and study in Vietnam," Dr.Jonathan Choi Koon-shum (Dr. Cai Guangshen), Chairman of the Hong Kong-based Sunwah Group which is also a sponsor of the conference, introduced and expressed his hope that "the center providing more chances to Vietnam's youths to learn Chinese language, will benefit their future."

The annual conference of Chinese teaching association in Asia- Pacific has been held in Japan, South Korea and Singapore.-Sina English (Ocotober 13, 2012 14:07:11)

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