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Confucius Institute at WKU welcomes 43 Hanban Chinese teachers

WKU President Gary Ransdell welcomed Confucius Institute Chinese teachers on Aug. 13.

WKU President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, welcomed the 2015-2016 delegation of Confucius Institute at WKU Hanban Chinese teachers on Aug. 13. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

WKU President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, hosted a reception recently to welcome the 2015-2016 delegation of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s 43 Hanban Chinese teachers.

In attendance were school superintendents, principals, host families and WKU faculty and staff.

As the program enters its fifth year, Dr. Ransdell noted that the heart and soul of the CI at WKU continues to be the Hanban Chinese teachers.

The CI at WKU will continue to provide high quality Hanban Chinese teachers to teach the 12,000-plus students in Kentucky public schools. The CI at WKU is grateful for the continual support of Hanban by providing 43 outstanding Hanban Chinese teachers to teach students throughout the state.

The program continues to grow with Adair County, Butler County, Todd County and Plum Tree Montessori as the newest additions to CI at WKU family.

With the support of faculty from WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, led by Dean Sam Evans, the CI at WKU will continue to expand its 1+2 Master’s in the Art of Teaching (MAT) program, which will include Beijing Normal University to the list of current partnerships of Minzu University and Beijing Language and Culture University.

This year, 13 Hanban Chinese teachers received Kentucky certification for the Chinese language, issued by the Kentucky Department of Education. Since 2012-2013, 51 teachers have received Kentucky certification to teach Chinese in K-12.

Dr. Wei-Ping Pan encouraged the teachers to strive to increase the number (from 3,000 to 5,000) and pass rate of students (from 30 percent to 40 percent) taking the YCT (Youth Chinese Test).

About the CI at WKU: The Confucius Institute at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or in creating programs, contact Betty Yu (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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