- The purpose of the European Chinese Teaching Association (“European Han Society”) is to promote the development of Chinese language and culture teaching and research in Europe, and to strengthen international exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign languages in Europe and other countries to enhance the teaching and research between Chinese language teaching and research workers. The links, mutual understanding and friendly cooperation contribute to the establishment of a multilingual and multicultural European and inclusive world.
The European Chinese Language Teaching Association was incorporated in France in 2015. More than 100 representatives from the Chinese language teaching community from France, Germany, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Hungary, Finland and other countries attended the inaugural meeting of the association. The conference passed the charter of the European Chinese Teaching Association, held the first council of the European Chinese Teaching Association, and elected a standing council composed of seven executive directors from the East and West Nordic countries.
The first session of the Standing Council elected Professor Joel BELLASSEN as the President of the European Chinese Teaching Association, Mr. George Zhang, Mr. Henning KLOTER and Mr. Imre HAMAR from Hungary. Professor is the vice president, Professor Minkang ZHOU of Spain is the Secretary-General, Ms. Xuefei CAO of the Netherlands is the Deputy Secretary-General, and Ms. Peiwen WANG is the Treasurer.
The Standing Council of the European Chinese Language Association discussed and formulated the goals of the association in the near and medium term. Recent goals include the publication of the White Paper on Chinese Language Teaching in Europe based on research and the training and training of Chinese language teachers in Europe. The medium and long-term goals include promoting the completion of European language proficiency standards, promoting research and exchange of Chinese language teaching in Europe, and setting up an academic journal for Chinese language teaching in Europe at an appropriate time.
The first priority is to promote local teacher training in Europe, and to comprehensively investigate the current situation of Chinese teaching in Europe, to understand the teaching institutions and their distribution of Chinese primary and secondary schools in Europe, to study the number of students, etc., to establish a database of local Chinese teaching experts in Europe, and Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the collected data and propose corresponding development and improvement strategies and measures to form and publish the “White Paper on Chinese Teaching in Europe” to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable development of Chinese language teaching in relevant institutions of the European Union.
To this end, the Standing Council unanimously agreed to seek cooperation with Hanban and relevant agencies and organizations. Currently, research activities have started. The development and completion of these two projects will have a very important significance for the further development and long-term planning of Chinese language teaching in Europe and the promotion of exchanges and resource sharing among European colleagues.
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