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WKU’s Confucius Institute participates in school’s International Week

Two Volunteer Teachers from the Confucius Institute at WKU had the chance to participate in Cumberland Trace Elementary School’s International Week festivities on Monday (Dec. 12).

Two Volunteer Teachers from the Confucius Institute at WKU -- Ms. Xiaolin Tian (top photo) and Ms. Shanfeng Guo (bottom photo) -- participated in International Week activities Dec. 12 at Cumberland Trace Elementary School.

Ms. Shanfeng Guo and Ms. Xiaolin Tian spent the entire day at the school working with students from kindergarten through sixth grade. During each 30-minute class period, children were taught basic Chinese phrases, Chinese games and a little bit about Chinese culture. Ms. Tian said: “It is amazing to spend the time with the children.”

Ms. Guo also was happy working with the students.

“This is my first time to teach in elementary school,” she said. “The kids are so lovely! People told me that America is paradise for kids, and I can tell from my experience in Cumberland Trace Elementary School. The students are so active and have so many questions about everything they want to know. I enjoy the class with kids and like the feeling of being surrounded by many cute kids asking many questions. When I finished my class and was ready to leave that classroom, I just felt that I did not want to leave. I wanted to stay there longer with the kids. What impressed me most is that the elementary school is full of love.”

Kimberly Green, Instructor and Clinical Practitioner for the Communication Disorders Department, extended the invitation to the Volunteer Teachers and said she felt their visit to the school was enjoyable for all the students.

“The children loved the way the teachers made learning Chinese fun and interactive,” she said. “They were very responsive to the hands-on approach to language learning. and many of them have asked to have the teachers come back to teach them again.”

The WKU-CI and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have Introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.

Contact: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, (270) 745-2836.

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