Plenary Two

2018 National Chinese Language Conference

Chinese Language Education: A Global Perspective

Friday, May 18, 8:30–9:45 a.m.

Language and culture learning foster the growth of productive global citizens, which the world today profoundly needs. Please join us for this plenary discussion featuring experts from Brazil, Canada, France, Singapore, and the UK for a glimpse of best practices of promoting Chinese language education across the globe. This plenary session will highlight the motivations, models, and outcomes of promoting Chinese language teaching and learning in different countries.

Speakers

  • Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima, President of Languages Without Borders, Ministry of Education of Brazil
  • Katharine Carruthers, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute, Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia, University College London
  • Eng Hui Teo, Deputy Director, Mother Tongue Languages Branch, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education of Singapore
  • Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Educational Services (Anglophone), New Brunswick, Canada
  • Wenying Yin-Lefebvre, Academy Inspector, Regional Inspector of Chinese at the Académie de Paris

Moderator

  • Duarte Silva, Executive Director, California World Language Project (CWLP), Stanford University Graduate School of Education

About the Speakers

Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima

Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima
President of Languages Without Borders, Ministry of Education of Brazil

Grantee at Noble Partnerships for the Languages without Borders Program by the Canadian Embassy in Brazil (2017) and grantee at the Distinguished Humphrey Leadership Award for the Languages without Borders Program (2016). President of Languages without Borders Program since 2012, Advisor of the Secretariat of Higher Education (2013-2017), President of the Brazilian Board of Open University Coordinators (CAPES, 2011-20112), Post doctorate in Distance Education (2008-09, Purdue University, USA), PhD in Applied Linguistics (2006, UNICAMP), Professor of English (1994) and Distance Education (2008) at Federal University of São Carlos (1994), Brazil.


Katherine Carruthers

Katharine Carruthers
Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute, Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia, University College London

Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools; she is also UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia.

Katharine plays a leading role in promoting and developing the study of Chinese in schools in England. This work has been made possible by the IOE Confucius Institute and 45 Confucius Classrooms – supported by Hanban in partnership with Peking University and Peking University High School. The IOE Confucius Institute is an outstanding example of successful international partnership working.

Katharine is an experienced teacher and examiner of Chinese. She is the series editor of the textbooks for teaching Chinese for 11-16 year olds and wrote the specification for the increasingly popular Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese. Katharine teaches on UCL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Languages course, working with PGCE students training to teach Mandarin Chinese. She is the Strategic Director for UCL’s delivery of the Department for Education’s Mandarin Excellence Programme.

Her research interests centre around teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language in schools, the notion of intercultural competence in Chinese and UK schools and globalisation and language policy.

As a Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), Katharine plays an important strategic role as a catalyst for UCL’s engagement in the region. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in the 2018 New Year Honours list.


Eng Hui Teo

Eng Hui Teo
Deputy Director, Mother Tongue Languages Branch, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education of Singapore

Eng Hui has a passion for Chinese language and culture since young and has been a Chinese Language teacher, Head of Department and School Leader in the past 15 years. Hailing from the multicultural and multi-lingual country of Singapore, she believes strongly in the value of bilingualism or even multilingualism, and is devoted to helping our young in becoming effectively bilingual. As Deputy Director for Mother Tongue Languages Branch at Singapore's Ministry of Education, she looks into the planning of curriculum for Chinese Language and hopes to develop a curriculum that will enable all children to learn the language in a joyful and meaningful way.


Chris Treadwell

Chris Treadwell
Assistant Deputy Minister, Educational Services (Anglophone), New Brunswick, Canada

Mr. Treadwell has had the privilege of serving the students of the province of New Brunswick, Canada, for 36 years. Thirty-one of these were as a principal of schools of all levels. He has been an adjunct professor at 2 universities and is presently the Assistant Deputy Minister of education for the province.

Through collaboration with excellent staffs, he has been honored as leading one of 20 exemplary high schools in Canada as designated by the Canadian Education Association, and recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by the Canadian Association of Principals.

He believes that the next generation must learn to work together to solve the world’s problems and should learn about the great cultures of the world. His last school had a trilingual program of English, French and Mandarin in cooperation with the Confucius Institute.

He has a strong focus on global competencies and global collaboration.


Wenying Yin-Lefebvre

Wenying Yin-Lefebvre
Academy Inspector, Regional Inspector of Chinese at the Académie de Paris

Ms. YIN Wenying, IA-IPR of Chinese at the Académie of Paris, in charge of the pedagogical inspection of the five academies in the Parisian region and the Norman region. The Chinese Inspector acts in the inspectors group by participating in cross-cutting issues, including the work of the language Inspector group. With the Rector, she plays the role of adviser in the field of pedagogical and in the cases of educational cooperation with China. In its own field, it ensures the implementation of the education policy and the education programmes of the Ministry of National Education. She participates in the recruitment and training of teachers, accompanying them in the course of their career, she also has responsibilities for examinations of Chinese of all levels of the teaching in college and high School.


About the Moderator

Duarte Silva

Duarte Silva
Executive Director, California World Language Project (CWLP), Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Duarte Silva is presently the Executive Director of the California World Language Project (CWLP) in the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. The Project, designed to strengthen and enhance professional development opportunities for California's language educators, currently has seven regional sites at campuses of the California State University, independent colleges and universities, and county offices of education. Dr. Silva is responsible for providing leadership to the Project’s programs statewide, as well as, for overseeing the evaluating of the programs outcomes implemented in each of the sites.

As a former member of the California Curriculum Commission, Dr. Silva, chaired the Foreign Language Subject Matter Committee and was a member of several other committees that advises the State Board of Education on a variety of language related issues. In his capacity as Commissioner, and of CwLP’s Executive Director, he has chaired several state adoptions of instructional materials for Foreign Language and English Language Development students, and oversaw the development of criteria for the role of technology in supporting the teaching of languages. For the past 25 years, Dr. Silva has been the co-director of the Summer Seminar for language teachers, who is co-sponsored by the California Language Teachers Association and the California Foreign Language Project.

Dr. Silva was recently appointed by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve as a member of the Professional Development English Learner Advisory Committee, served as Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee for Language Educators for the New Visions in Action Committee that established the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year. He also was a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Foreign Language Standards’ Committee and the ACTFL Board of Directors.

Dr. Silva holds a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Languages and English from California State University Stanislaus, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Sacramento State University, Sacramento and a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. In addition to his degrees, Duarte holds the following teaching credential authorizations: Administrative Services Credential, Specialist Credential; Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education, and a Standard Secondary Teaching Credential. He taught High School foreign language courses for eight years, and considers those years to be the most fulfilling and professional enriching of his entire educational career.

Duarte is a recipient of the Hal Wingard Lifetime Achievement Award in Foreign Language Education, was awarded a Title VII Fellowship by the US Department of Education, and was named Alumnus of the Year for CSU, Stanislaus, the California Association of Bilingual Education, Leadership Vision Award, the Portuguese American Foundation of Central California Educator of the Year Award and was inducted into the Society of Portuguese American Students Hall of Fame in 2014.

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