2022 Online Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers
(Special Topic on Bashu Culture)
On April 11, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., the opening ceremony of the 2022 Online Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers (Special Topic on Bashu Culture) was held at Sichuan University in Conference Room 200, Liberal Arts Building. Sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and organized by the College of Literature and Journalism of Sichuan University, this online workshop for Chinese language teachers aims to encourage overseas Chinese language teachers to explore the roots of the Chinese culture and the beauty of Bashu culture through online courses. Professor Yao Leye, Vice President of Sichuan University, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
The workshop attracted more than 250 Chinese language teachers from 16 countries, including the UK, Japan, the Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand.
This online workshop for Chinese language teachers will last 18 days. In addition to the traditional teaching methods, this workshop also incorporates a variety of new teaching approaches, such as lectures, learning via cloud travelling and teaching demonstration. For all the participants, the workshop has diversified and intriguing courses with different themes:
I. The Origin of Sichuan and the Shaping of Chengdu's Image
The history of Bashu goes back to time immemorial. Centering on this topic, the workshop specifically invited Professor Zhou Weidong to elaborate "Where is Bashu", Professor Hu Yirong to demystify the semiotic relations between Jinsha Ruins, Sanxingdui Ruins and Bashu's iconography, Professor Wu Lin to lay out the relationship between archaeological discoveries and Bashu civilization from her academic background and first-hand experience in museums, and Professor Cao Hui to shed light on the international communication of Chengdu's image.
II. Prominent Figures and Classical Heritage in Bashu Culture
The Bashu culture is just as bright as stars in the sky. We will follow Prof. Wang Hong, Associate Prof. Zhang Chaofu and Associate Researcher Dai Lu to trace the footsteps of Du Fu, Li Bai and Su Dongpo, in an endeavor to touch the historical moments left by these ancient literary giants in the land of Bashu. Associate Prof. Zhou Wen, Associate Prof. Xie Junlan and Associate Prof. Zhou Yi will investigate three modern Bashu cultural figures, Guo Moruo, Ba Jin and Alai, respectively, from their areas of research. Moreover, Professor Luo Lu will illustrate the significance of poetry and rite in Chinese families and how to pass on the Chinese cultural heritage. Professor Wang Tongwei will reveal how the Chinese characters interact with traditional Chinese culture.
III. Chinese Language Education Skills
Other than the teaching of the Bashu culture, the workshop also offers a module focusing on teaching skills in an effort to further enhance the participants’ teaching techniques, and to methodologically guide the overseas Chinese language teachers in their teaching practice.
The teaching skills module includes teaching design for cultural courses, language teaching, expression and communication, teaching design for Chinese vocabulary, demonstration lessons by elite Chinese language teachers. This module aims to motivate the participants in identifying the beauty of their mother tongue. Also, the participants could draw on these exemplary lessons and better their future teachings by emphasizing more on their upsides.
Restrained by the Covid-19 pandemic, the participants could not travel to Sichuan to enjoy the unique charm of Bashu through appreciating the remarkable mountains and waters here. To make up for it, the workshop has organized a series of online activities. Via online streaming, the workshop participants can visit Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Qingyang Taoist Temple, Sanxingdui Ruins and other must-see attractions in Sichuan. During the process of “learning via cloud travelling”, the participants will be able to get a closer look at the profound history and rich humanistic features of Chengdu, and of Sichuan, by enjoying the local scenery and traditional arts. In addition, the workshop will also invite Mr. Xiao Demei, a well-known Sichuan opera artist and winner of the Plum Blossom Award, to Sichuan University and to give a lecture on Sichuan opera culture. He will deliver a live performance of Sichuan opera demonstrating the highlights of Sichuan opera such as face-changing and Pin Jin rolls the lamp. Surely, it will be a splendid audio-visual feast for students on campus, and provide a rare opportunity for students from all over the world to spectate traditional Sichuan opera “up close”.
Since 2015, Sichuan University has hosted three Chinese language teacher training events successfully. Thousands of outstanding Chinese language teachers and overseas Chinese across the world have come to know our exceptional Chinese language education philosophy through these activities, and made their own contribution to the promotion of Chinese language education worldwide afterwards.
Bashu culture is an integral link in understanding the Chinese culture. Chinese language education is also an indispensable part in spreading the Chinese culture. Here, I would like to wish all the participants a fruitful experience during the 2022 Online Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers. After the pandemic is contained, we will be meeting one another in the city of Chengdu.