“3 In 1” Program
Built with the “MyEChinese” (http://s.myechinese.com) platform, abundant Chinese language and cultural courses, and highly qualified instructors, this project interfaces with education institutions around the globe to launch the “3 in 1” overseas training program. It combines improved Mandarin learning with qualifying industry-specific courses and relevant internship or employment, bringing Chinese language learning together with professional on-the-job training, fusing international Chinese language instruction with vocational education,in turn allowsing learners to better understand Chinese language and culture in the classroom and workplace. At present, we have already established a cooperative program with Canada’s CIBT education group, forming a “Hotel Management Majors ‘3 in 1’ Program.”
Distance Education Project for Language Instruction (Multilingual Distance Teaching Platform)
In cooperation with the French Centre National d’Enseignment à Distance (CNED), our university has initiated a joint distance education program that includes Mandarin and French instruction, shared courses and resources, joint research and communication, and more. In theseprojects, our university provides a distance teaching platform and content for courses on Chinese language and culture, while CNED carries out localization in France and other francophone regions. To promote the development of distance-based Mandarin instruction in francophone regions, the two sides have cooperated in carrying out Mandarin instruction, co-construction of resources, teacher training, formation of industry standards, and educational. This cooperation, building upon our school’s successes partnering with American institutions to create the world’s first online Confucius Institute, is another creative application of distance education that promotes Chinese language instruction.
Overseas Internship Program
This program aims to promote China and Chinese culture overseas, to further the cultural communication and partnerships between our university and international education institutions, and to cooperate with well-known universities overseas, allowing for international students to visit our university teaching departments or various businesses for short-term internships. Since 2005, our university has welcomedstudents from France, Canada, Italy, Germany, and other countries.
The Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) was established in May 2006. Guided by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China, this Confucius Institute was co-founded by Michigan State University and the Open University of China (OUC). CI-MSU is the world’s first and at present only online Confucius Institute to offer distance Chinese teaching. With the mission statement of, “Using advanced information technology to promote Chinese linguistic and cultural education,” this Confucius Institute has made a pioneering exploration of the “storefront” method of cooperation. More specifically, Michigan State University acts as the “shop,” and is in charge of addressing market demand, running institute operations, and performing marketing and advertising, while OUC, as the “factory,”has specially established a “China R&D Center” in charge of designing and developing course materials.
After several years’ promotion and implementation, at present, our researched and developed online learning resources for Chinese language and culture have been used in more than 20 schools and school districts in Michigan and over a dozen nearby states, fulfilling the learning needs of over 30,000 American students. Developed by Chinese and American educators, the six-semester Chinese Your Way curriculum (including online courses and multimedia courseware), which targets American senior high school students, won the award for the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ award for “Innovative Multimedia Courseware.” An introduction to Chinese culture, the One Character a Day online curriculum and multimedia courseware has become a product high in demand among various groups. Specially developed for the course Exploring World Culture for American junior high school students, the teaching resource package Exploring Chinese Culture has been listed in the State Council Information Office’s catalogue of “Explaining China to the World.” All the aforementioned teaching materials have been listed in “China Book International.” For three successive years, CI-MSU has earned the title of “Advanced Confucius Institute” bythe Confucius Institute Headquarters, becoming one of the liveliest Confucius Institutes in the world.
Overseas Copyright Transfer of Teaching Resources
By cooperating with overseas publishers, copyrights for Chinese language instruction products created by our Center have been transferredto Korea, France, and the United States, rapidly aiding the dissemination of Mandarin teaching products overseas. At present, our Chineselinguistic and cultural teaching products have been sold in more than 100 countries and regions, such as the United States, France, Korea, Thailand, Japan, and more.
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