Chinese Language Teachers Wanted

Posted on: 14/12/2009

The lack of qualified teachers and classroom materials have made it difficult to offer Chinese language lessons to students in foreign countries, educators said at the closing ceremony of the fourth Confucius institute Conference in Beijing Sunday. Insufficient teachers have created problems for some Confucius Institutes overseas to offer courses, and some institutes have had to hire teachers whose qualifications were not up to standard.

Confucius Institute was established under the Office of Chinese Language Council International, or Hanban, to promote the Chinese language and culture internationally.

The first Confucius Institute was established in 2004. There are 282 Confucius Institutes and 241 Confucius Clasrooms in 87 countries in the world.

“The shortage of qualified teachers and applicable teaching materials are a common problem facing most Confucius institutes when more students are interested in learning Chinese,” said Nora Yao, director of Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland.

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