EBCL Project – Paris Seminar (News)

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EBCL Project Paris Seminar - Open Session


The European Benchmarking Chinese Language Project (EBCL) team successfully held its second seminar at the research centre of Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris between 14th and 15th October 2011.

In addition to the project teams from partner institutions, two key members of the project’s advisory board, Professor Wolfgang Mackiewicz, president of European Language Council from Freie University Berlin, Germany and Professor Joel Bellassen, General Inspector for Chinese for the Ministry of Education and a professor of Chinese at INALCO France, also attended the seminar, participated in the discussions and offered their expertise and advice on the project. Meanwhile, a cohort of educationists and teachers of Chinese language from different institutions across Europe attended an open session on the afternoon of Friday 14th October, at which the EBCL project consulted the participants on its preliminary draft proposals for competence descriptors for different language skills and overall competence at A1/2 levels.

The open session started with a brief review of the EBCL Project since its commencement, and what had been done since its Rome Seminar in May which reported on the initial survey of Chinese language teaching in Europe. The four university partners presented their team work tentatively with exemplified language activities at A1 and A2, which included elements of themes, sub-themes, functions, grammatical structures, vocabularies of a chosen language in action scenario, with intercultural dimension and revised can-do statements.  For a view of the on-site seminar activities, please click Album and Documents.

There were two main purposes of the Paris seminar. In addition to the open session for consultation and feedback, it was also an opportunity for the project teams to meet with their associated school partners and to discuss about the work done and to plan the work in the next stage.

The next project seminar will be held in late Spring 2012 in Berlin. Further details will follow on this project website when available.


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