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International Conference on Chinese Immersion Programs hosted by Confucius Institute at Alfred University

The 5th International Conference on Chinese Immersion Programs was hosted virtually by the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) November 5-6. The conference provided a platform for research scholars, leading administrators, and classroom practitioners from all over the world to share knowledge and expertise.


The 5th International Conference on Chinese Immersion Programs was hosted virtually by the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) November 5-6. The conference provided a platform for research scholars, leading administrators, and classroom practitioners from all over the world to share knowledge and expertise.

This year’s conference, which was held virtually, focused on the Chinese immersion teaching, pedagogy and language teaching assessment. Nearly 220 experts and educators from more than 20 countries gathered to discuss recent trends, best practices, and practical challenges on all aspects of dual/bilingual language education.

Beth Ann Dobie, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs of Alfred University, and Xulong Lai, vice president of International Affairs of China University of Geosciences, welcomed participants in the conference. “Language bridges hearts. Without the CIAU, our students would not have the opportunity to be exposed to these Chinese language courses. It is of great importance to learn each other’s language and culture in order to better understand and contribute to the increasingly global world around them.” Dobie said.

“We want our students to understand the global context of their lives, helping them learn about their place in the world and appreciate the fullness of different cultures,” Robert Stein, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University, said in his opening remarks. “Therefore we are so grateful for CIAU.”

Several keynote speakers presented their research findings on Chinese immersion teaching and pedagogical approaches to support bilingual learning. In addition, 22 presenters from six different countries shared their own experiences and research findings on Chinese immersion programs from difference aspects such as the contents, teaching projects, the development and sharing of resources, and the development and promotion of programs.

Daisy Wu, co-chair of the conference and director of CIAU, presented closing remarks. She thanked Alfred University and China University of Geosciences; the experts, scholars, and teachers who contributed to the conference; the conference Academic Committee; and the ITS department at Alfred University for coordinating the virtual conference.

“CIAU’s mission is to serve the growing demand from our university and our local community for greater knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture,” Wu said, noting that Alfred University and the Confucius Institute have been hosting the annual conference since 2017. “We are very proud to see that five years of hard work have made the conference a good academic exchange platform for international Chinese language education.”