UK Confucius Institute offering seminars, resources for K-12 schools

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Huajing Maske explains the philosophy of ancient Chinese scroll painting to teachers at the Chinese art session of the China Studies for Kentucky Teachers Program. Submitted photo by Zengxiang Yang
Huajing Maske explains the philosophy of ancient Chinese scroll painting to teachers at the Chinese art session of the China Studies for Kentucky Teachers Program.
Submitted photo by Zengxiang Yang

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute’s K-12 Chinese Language, Culture Development and Enhancement Program is designed to help Kentucky schools develop Chinese language and culture study curriculum. The program also promotes international exchange between the United States and China.

Teachers can bring innovative international programs into their community, while building their school’s Chinese offerings efficiently and affordably. The University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute (UKCI) assists schools in Kentucky in the following programs:

Kentucky Teacher Professional Development Series: The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) is offering four free, one-day seminars in its China Studies for Kentucky Teachers Program. Topics include Chinese religions and philosophies, Chinese art and Chinese literature. The seminars are designed to enrich teachers’ knowledge of the topics so they can be integrated into their classrooms.

The seminars will be Jan. 20, March 17 and April 14. UKCI will provide course reading materials and facilitate a discussion on how to implement the knowledge into their lesson plans and connect it to state standards.

Teachers may attend one or more sessions. UKCI will provide accommodations for teachers coming from more than three hours away and mileage reimbursement. Teachers who attend all of the sessions will be eligible to apply for a fellowship to join a two-week study tour to China organized by UKCI.

Register for the seminars via this Google document. For more information, email Carrie Wheeler.

Launch and/or expand a Chinese program: Provision of Chinese teachers

  • UKCI assists in designing and planning the program and bringing the professional Chinese language teachers to jump-start the Chinese language and culture program.
  • Assists schools in conducting professional development workshops for the Chinese teachers.
  • Conducts professional development workshops for teaching about China for K-12 teachers.

Enrich your Chinese program: Field trips to China

  • UKCI Kentucky Educators’ Study Trip to China: This is a 12-day education trip hosted by the Confucius Institute and designed to help education decision-makers start and expand their Chinese language and culture programs. All expenses within China are paid by the institute, excluding international airfare and visa application fees.
  • UKCI Kentucky High School Students’ Study Trip to China: This is a 14-day study tour of China designed to help high school students to expand their Chinese language and cultural experiences. All expenses within China are paid by the Confucius Institute, excluding international airfare and visa application fees.
  • UKCI Kentucky China Study Tour for K-12 Teachers: This is a 14-day study tour designed to expand the understanding of China and to enhance the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in the classrooms through visiting schools, interacting with Chinese educators and students. Participants also will visit historical and cultural highlights, while gaining a feel for the contemporary pulse of China. All expenses within China are paid by the institute, excluding international airfare and visa application fees. More information about this program will be posted soon.
Qiang Guo teaches tai chi to students at Bush Elementary (Laurel County). Submitted photo by Carrie Wheeler
Qiang Guo teaches tai chi to students at Bush Elementary (Laurel County).
Submitted photo by Carrie Wheeler

UKCI cultural showcase and school visits: The UKCI Chinese culture specialist team will make visits to K-12 schools at the request of the schools and teachers. Demonstration and workshops by the UKCI specialists include:

  • Chinese martial arts and tai chi
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese music
  • Chinese tea ceremony
  • Chinese dance
  • Chinese paper-cutting art

For more information about any of these programs, contact Huajing.maske@uky.edu or call (859) 257-4607. More information is also available on the institute’s website: international.uky.edu/UKCI. Follow UKCI on Twitter and Facebook: @UKConfucius

Carrie Wheeler is the K-12 program coordinator at the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute.

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