Invitation to Chinese Language Teacher Training Program 2018

GCI will organize a two-day Chinese Language Teacher Training Program on 23 and 24 June 2018 (Saturday & Sunday), for which experts will be invited to give lectures about Chinese teaching, classroom management, Chinese culture, learning habits of Chinese learners, etc. We cordially invite you to join us!

Date:  23-24 June, 2018

Location:  GCI Amsterdam Office, Herengracht 141, 1015 BH Amsterdam

Training fee:  one day: € 40,00; two days: € 80,00

Number of Participants:  30. First come, first served.

Registration: Please register here to save seats.
(Registration deadline: June 10, 2018)


Saturday 23 June

10:00-10:10 Opening by Jingyi Liu, Chinese Director of Groningen Confucius Institute

10:10-11:30 Lecture by Prof. Jing Fang, University of Oxford

  • Topic: Teaching Chinese Characters and Vocabulary

11:30-12:30 Lecture by Cui Hao, Groningen Confucius Institute

  • Topic: Chinese Teaching Cases and Analyses

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Teaching Demo and Feedback

  • Demonstrator:
    Jingfan Xie, Groningen Confucius Institute

14:30-15:30 Lecture by Jessica Paardekoper, Wolfert Tweetalig

  • Topic: Chinese as an official Option in Dutch Secondary School Leaving Exams

15:30-16:00 Tea Break

16:00-17:30 Panel Discussion: An Analysis of Learning Habits of Chinese Learners

  • Panelists: 
    Wei Jiang, Groningen Confucius Institute
    Hong Chen, Christelijk College Groevenbeek
    Rients van Goudoever, Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet 

17.30 Dinner

Sunday 24 June

10:00-11:30 Workshop by Danny Nobel, Karien Verhappen, Globi

  • Topic: Globi-trotter Board Game for Intercultural Competences

11:30-12:30 Workshop by Wenjia Xu, Yang Wang, Groningen Confucius Institute

  • Topic: The Design of Cultural Elements in Chinese Teaching

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Teaching Demo and Feedback

  • Demonstrator:
    Nina Liang, The IdealFuture Chinese International School

14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion: How to Effectively Organize and Manage your Classroom

  • Panelists: 
    Ziqiao Zang, Groningen Confucius Institute
    Xiaonan Li, Gymnasium Celeanum Zwolle
    Ruoling Rademaker-Pang, Corderius College

16:00-16:30 Free discussion

16:30-16:40 Closing Speech by Xuefei Knoester-Cao, Director of Groningen Confucius Institute

16:40-17:00 Certificates Issue

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Jing Fang

Professor Fang Jing graduated from Beijing Normal University and University of Edinburgh. She has engaged in teaching Chinese literature and language, and teaching Chinese as a foreign language for over 30 years. She is a Senior Advisor of Hanban and used to teach at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) and the University of Edinburgh. Since 2000 she has been teaching at the University of Oxford.

About her lecture: Teaching Chinese Characters and Vocabulary
A unique part of learning Chinese language (Mandarin) is learning the characters. The characters hold the key information of the Chinese language. Whether it is a hard or enjoyable journey mostly depends on how the teachers teach the characters.

Helping the learners to build up their vocabulary is also of great importance, as 73.6% modern Chinese words are two-syllable compound words, which enables the learners to actually use the language.

This lecture will share with you both successful and unsuccessful experiences of teaching Chinese characters and vocabulary.

Jessica Paardekooper

Holding a Master’s degree in Chinese studies (Leiden University) and a Master’s degree in Education (Leiden University), she has more than eight years teaching experience in secondary education. She works at Wolfert Bilingual school in Rotterdam, where Mandarin Chinese is a mandatory subject for year 1, 2 and 3 Havo and Vwo. Besides teaching, Jessica is also involved in creating the content of the state exams and the school leaving exams.

About her lecture: Chinese as an official Option in Dutch Secondary School Leaving Exams
Around 70 schools offer Chinese, some as an optional subject and some as a set part of the curriculum. Since this schoolyear, Chinese is an official school leaving option. Because there are no central exams for Chinese, teachers are responsible for the content. How can we prepare students for their school leaving exams? In this lecture I would like to explain what the difference is between state exams and school exams and I will show you some examples of the content of the exams.

Danny Nobel

Danny Nobel has a master degree in Urban Geography and Sinology and is currently working at Globi, an organization that sets up cooperational partnerships between Dutch, Chinese and Indian schools and develops teaching methods and games with regard to intercultural learning and intercultural competences.

Karien Verhappen

Karien Verhappen, also working at Globi, has a masters degree in Communication Science and Education science and is specialized in transforming broad educational concepts in clear, comprehensible texts and other fun formats.

About their workshop: Globi-trotter Board Game for Intercultural Competences

We all agree that students need to acquire new skills to grow up in our increasingly globalized world. And Chinese is the perfect subject to let students develop these skills in a fun and interactive way. That's why we develop the Globi-trotter board game. With this game students will not only come across new cultural situations, but will also be actively stimulated to (re)think questions on culture and intercultural communication, while travelling around the whole world. The game is designed for (high) school students of all ages. Who solves the intercultural dilemma’s best, makes the most social contacts and therefore will finish its travel mission first?

Cui Hao

Cui Hao(郝翠), Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Communication University of China (CUC) . She has around six years’ experience in teaching Chinese and Tai Chi in CUC, The Confucius Institute in Belgrade, and Groningen Confucius Institute (GCI). She used to work in GCI from 2013 to 2015, when she was the Confucius Classroom coordinator and the editorial assistant for GCI journal Global China Insights. Since September 2017, she has been working in GCI again where her current job duties involve several GCI programmes, such as Chinese courses for Language Center, UCG and IRIO students in the University of Groningen, GCI journal Global China Insights, GCI webinar, Chinese Language Teachers Training.

Wenjia Xu

Wenjia Xu(续文嘉) has joined Groningen Confucius Institute (GCI) in July 2014, currently working as a Chinese teacher and the Confucius Classroom coordinator. Graduated from Communication University of China in Beijing and Central China Normal University in Wuhan, she holds a master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Since 2011, she has engaged in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Central China Normal University, Beijing International Studies University, and Princeton in Beijing (an intensive Chinese program of Princeton University). She co-authored the book ‘One Hundred Thousand Whys about Traditional Chinese Culture’ in 2013. Believing that teaching is a way to help people discover their unexplored potential, she truly enjoys being a language and culture instructor.

Yang Wang

Yang Wang(王洋),Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, graduated from Communication University of China (CUC). She used to teach Chinese at the Sofia Confucius Institute in Bulgaria as well as the Ljubljana Confucius Institute in Slovenia, during which she collaborated with the Slovenian sinologists in developing a Chinese textbook for high school students and also regularly conducted Chinese calligraphy workshops for Chinese culture aficionados. She has been working for the Groningen Confucius Institute (GCI) since September 2017, currently teaching Chinese language and calligraphy courses at GCI and GCI’s cooperative secondary schools, and also coordinating the Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK).

In order to promote the exchange of teaching methods and techniques among Chinese language teachers, we would like to recruit two 15-minute teaching demos for the session Teaching Demo and Feedback. There will be experts and peers who give feedback and comments on the teaching demo. If you are interested, please sign up by sending an email to

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