CIP hosted lec­ture on Con­fu­cian­ism and teacher training

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From Nov. 9 to Nov 10, invited by CI at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, Prof. Zuyan Chen and Prof. Hong Zhang gave talks on Con­fu­cian­ism in Indi­anapo­lis and Pur­due, attended by stu­dents, fac­ulty and high school Chi­nese teach­ers from Greater Lafayette area and Val­paraiso University.

Speak­ing on “Suc­ceed­ing with Con­fu­cian­ism”, Prof Chen pointed out that Con­fu­cian­ism, as an ancient thought and phi­los­o­phy rather than a reli­gion, as most may have per­ceived, has guided the ways Chi­nese define “suc­cess”. Con­fu­cian­ism value has been behind the per­ceived suc­cess­ful life: higher aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance of East-​Asian stu­dents, bet­ter test results of stu­dent groups taught in Chi­nese teach­ing style than those taught in Eng­lish style, 99% col­lege admis­sion rate in Heng Shui High School and Jack Ma’s Alibaba story. Prof. Chen’s dis­cussed his inter­pre­ta­tion and trans­la­tion of selected Con­fu­cian Analects with the exam­ple “学而时习之” was tra­di­tion­ally inter­preted as a kind of learn­ing habit “study and review from time to time”. Accord­ing to Chen, what was meant from the Analects “prac­tice what has been learned at due times” may reflect the essence of this par­tic­u­lar quote.

Prof. Hong Zhang is a pro­fes­sion­ally trained soprano who ini­ti­ated the teach­ing Chi­nese through songs in the US. Start­ing with sim­i­lar­i­ties between singing and pro­nun­ci­a­tion, Prof Zhang empha­sizes the tech­niques of singing may well help the learn­ers’ cor­rect pronunciation.

Her inno­v­a­tive work­shop and the unique hands-​on style attracted teach­ers and stu­dents from CIs in Indi­ana. A school teacher from Illi­nois drove 90 min­utes to attend this event.

Direc­tors of all CIs were pleased to share resources and exchange ideas at regional gath­er­ings, and agreed that this kind of mean­ing­ful and effec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion should be continued.

201611910日,应普渡大学孔院邀请, 纽约州宾汉姆大学陈祖言教授和张泓教授前来印第安纳州举办两场学术讲座和教师培训。

119日,讲座首先在印第安纳波利斯孔院进行。1110日,两位教授移师普渡大学,瓦尔帕莱索大学孔院也欣然前往普渡大学参加。三所孔院曾数次在举办学术文化以及教师培训活动时互相参与和支持。陈祖言教授也是宾汉姆大学孔子学院院长。所以说,这次活动也是四所孔院自发式的互动交流。

陈教授讲座的题目是“儒家思想的传承”。他指出,儒家思想不是宗教,孔子也不是被当作神来敬仰。儒家思想经过两千多年的传承,成为根深蒂固的哲学思想,深刻地影响着人们的价值观和为人处世之道。陈教授通过东亚学生的表现、河北衡水中学的99%的升学率、中式和英式教学对比研究以及马云的成功等案例,说明儒家思想的重要性。陈教授对《论语》部分语句的新解让听众耳目一新。例如,陈教授对“学而时习之”的解释是“适时运用所学”,把传统的学习方式的释义上升到˜一种学习态度和习惯 。

张泓教授的讲座题目是“通过歌唱学中文”。张教授是歌唱家,是把歌唱引入中文教学的第一人。她从歌唱要素与汉语发音的切合出发,说明唱歌能极大地提高汉语发音教学效果。从播放的演唱片段看,她的学生们确实“字正腔圆”,根本听不出是外国学生在演唱。在互动环节,张教授逐一解释呼吸、口型、连贯等唱歌技巧,并带领大家练习、学唱了几首中文歌曲。最后,大家手挽手,在张教授的指挥下,兴奋地唱起了刚刚学会的“歌声和微笑”。讲座结束后,几所孔院的中外方院长们一致认为这是一次非常好的合作,并希望今后能够继续进行多层次的交流。