The Second All-Ireland Chinese Language Teaching Skills Competition Successfully Held
On Sunday, January 28, 2024, the Second All-Ireland Chinese Language Teaching Skills Competition was successfully held at the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. This competition was hosted by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, with joint participation from the Confucius Institutes at Ulster University, University College Cork, and the Confucius Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Regenerative Medicine at Galway University. Teachers and students from these four institutes gathered together to showcase teaching skills and share teaching experiences.
At the beginning of the competition, Professor Wang Liming, the director of the UCD Confucius Institute, delivered a welcome speech. Five teachers, including Director Liu Xingchi from the Confucius Institute at Ulster University, Li Xiaodong from University College Dublin, Ni Jun from Technology University Dublin, Zhao Yue from University of Galway, and Huang Xiao from the Confucius Institute at University College Cork, served as judges for the competition.
A total of 17 contestants participated in the competition. Each contestant conducted a 15-minute teaching demonstration and engaged in a question-answer session with the judges. The contestants' teaching demonstrations covered diverse skills and objectives, such as cognition and communication. Teaching methods included thematic and task-based approaches. The on-site interaction was enthusiastic, and applause echoed continuously.
After a day of fierce competition, 7 teachers including Liu Xinyang, Yang Lei, Fu Shuaiwen, Qi Ziwen, Zuo Rui, Tong Yinfei, and Tang Yuanyuan awarded outstanding prizes. Dr. Zhu Xikun from the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland presented prize certificates and souvenirs to the contestants.
The second jointly organized teaching skills competition provides a valuable platform for teachers engaged in Chinese language teaching in the Island of Ireland to exchange and share their experiences. It helps improve the teaching quality of local Chinese language teachers and promotes Chinese language and culture teaching and learning more effectively.