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Confucius Institutes help boost China-Thailand ties


09-09-2016 04:16 BJT

Confucius Institutes scattered across the world have become the most influential platforms for promoting Chinese language and culture. Thailand has the most number of Confucius Institutes in Asia, and that is seen to increase enthusiasm among locals to take on Chinese culture.

This is the first Chinese class for these students, and for the two young volunteer teachers too.

The Chinese teachers can't understand Thai at all, but they have a way to communicate in class.

"I was worried at first about whether the volunteers could teach the students well in their first class. It turned out that my worries were unnecessary. The atmosphere was good, and their teaching methods enabled the students to memorize those pronunciations quite well. I learnt a lot of Chinese myself in their class," a Thai teacher from Baansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University said.

Newcomers like these two volunteers have their own teachers as well. They teach them how to engage Chinese language learners at different levels, and how to help them better understand Chinese culture.

The Confucius Institute at the Bansom-dejchao-praya Rajabhat University was established a decage ago.

It currently has nearly 50-thousand students enrolled in different language and culture classes.

Students aside, the school also aims to train more local teachers to meet the demand.

"There are currently 800-thousand to 1 million Thai people learning Chinese. So we need to work out relevant systems to enable more local Chinese teachers to promote the Chinese language development in Thailand," said Wen Xiangyu, dean of Confucius Inst. at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat Univ..

The university is cooperating with more than 50 schools in Thailand to provide Chinese lessons. And the need is still increasing.

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