230 Chinese Language Teachers to Participate in 8th Annual Conference at Pace

230 Chinese Language Teachers to Participate in 8th Annual Conference at Pace

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Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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230 TEACHERS AND SCHOLARS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN 8TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK AT PACE UNIVERSITY

Confucius Institute at Pace to host; Pace demonstrates increasing links to China with third of four China related events in a month

NEW YORK, NY, May 12, 2010 – How are Americans doing at learning Chinese? Come find out on May 15 when the Confucius Institute at Pace University will host the 8th annual conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, in which more than 230 teachers and scholars are expected to participate.

Attendees from secondary schools, colleges and universities will be offered nearly 60 presentations on everything from Chinese naming conventions to motivating online learners and “digital Chinese storytelling.” The presenters range from master teachers from China to professors from Yale, Columbia and NYU to teachers of Chinese at such private schools as Far Hills Country Day School and Rye Country Day School.

More information on the conference is at http://clta-gny.org/10conf/10conf_invite.html.

This comes as part of current efforts by China to encourage foreigners to know it better at the levels that undergird commerce and diplomacy.

The conference will take place from 8:00am – 5:30pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts auditorium, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY, entrance at 3 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Please notify us if you will cover this event or would like to interview some of the organizers and participants by phone.

Opened last May, the Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based Confucius Institute in New York City and one of 70 in the US and over 300 around the world created by China to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

More About the Pace Confucius Institute The conference is one of the four major events arranged by the Confucius Institute at Pace to celebrate its first anniversary. It expects to inaugurate Chinese language classes for both students and professional groups; encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborative research, conferences and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges; integrate study of China into Pace University’s liberal arts and professional curricula; and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film and theater.

Its budget is contributed in equal shares by Pace, Chinese media conglomerate Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), and Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International. PPMG has sent executives to Pace’s graduate publishing program since 2007. Its Chinese partner university is Nanjing Normal University, one of the leading universities in China for preparing Chinese teachers for teaching Chinese as a second language.

A first anniversary celebration a screening of the film “Confucius” followed by a panel discussion is planned for May 19 beginning at 2:00pm at Pace’s downtown NYC campus as well. Panelists include professors from Pace, Purchase College and Yale University.

http://www.pace.edu/pace/dyson/media/files/pdf/confucius/first-anniversary/FirstAnniversaryProgram.pdf

For more information on Confucius Institute visit www.pace.edu/confucius

About Pace University

For nearly 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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