The government of the People’s Republic of China, through the Ministry of Education’s Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), has established Confucius Institutes around the world for the promotion of Chinese language and culture.
The Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University is the first such institute established in the Philippines. It aims to promote Chinese language and culture, and knowledge of contemporary China, in mainstream Philippine society. The Institute will have three areas of focus:
1.) the training of Mandarin-language teachers for higher education institutions throughout the Philippines,
2.) the teaching of Mandarin Chinese to the general public, and
3.) the organizing of seminars and symposia to discuss issues on contemporary China
The Confucius Institute is located at the Ateneo de Manila University in which Mandarin and a broad spectrum of Chinese Studies courses have been taught in the last twenty years. It pioneered the use of the Hanyu Pinyin method of romanization and the simplified Chinese script for teaching Mandarin Chinese in the Philippines, and has a large pool of experts in various areas of Chinese Studies.
The Institute is hosted by the Ateneo’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, established in 2005 to support teaching, research, and scholarship for the growth of Chinese Studies in the Philippines.
1. Teacher Training
The Institute organizes an annual summer seminar-workshop for Mandarin language teachers in the higher education level. This program includes training in language, pedagogy, methodology, and various areas of Chinese Studies.
2. Language Courses
Classes in the following are offered at the University’s Quezon City and Makati City campuses, as well as other selected areas:
· Basic Mandarin Chinese (6 Levels).
· Intermediate Mandarin Chinese (6 Levels).
· Business Chinese.
· Hokkien Chinese.
· Classical Chinese
3. HSK Testing
The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is the Chinese government’s Chinese proficiency examination. The Institute will offer review classes and testing.
4. Cultural Activities
The Institute organizes film festivals, exhibits, competitions, China study tours, and other activities to deepen Filipinos’ awareness and understanding of China and the Chinese.
5. Forums on China-related issues
6. Resource Center for Chinese language and Chinese Studies materials.
7. Networking with Chinese Language Council International, universities in China, and with other Confucius Institutes in the Philippines and around the world.
ELLEN H. PALANCA, Ph.D.
ZHANG SHITAO, Ph.D.
FR. ARISTOTLE DY, S.J.
Quezon City Office:
2nd Floor, Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Tel (632) 426-6001 loc 5208 and 5209
Fax (632) 9265118 or 632-9295397
5th Floor, Ateneo Professional Schools
H.V. dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel (632) 8125617
Fax (632) 8400266
E-mail : email@example.com
Website : http://www.ateneoconfucius.com
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