Confucius Institute provides regular training workshops for local Chinese language teachers twice a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn. The aim is to bring together Chinese language teachers from all over Finland for networking and sharing experiences. The theme of the training varies and the training sessions are lead by different language experts and professionals both from Finland and abroad.

Confucius Institute 2019 Autumn Teachers’ Training:
The Use of Improvisation and Drama Activities in Chinese Language Teaching

Time: Saturday 16 November 2019, 11-16
Venue: Room 7062, Fabianinkatu 30, Kaisa Library, University of Helsinki
Trainer: Dr. Joanna Ut-Seong Sio, Palacký University Olomouc

11:00 Registration
11:15-13:00 The use of improvisation and drama activities in Chinese language learning

  • Lecture on the benefits of improvisation and drama activities on second language learning
  • Examples and demonstration of improvisation and drama activities that can be used in the teaching of Chinese

About the trainer:
Joanna Ut-Seong Sio is assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies in Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her main teaching responsibilities are the teaching of Cantonese, Chinese grammar and presentation skills to Czech students.  Her research interests are Chinese linguistics and verbal arts and communication.

13:00-14:20 Lunch break
14:20-15:20 Team exercises (designing and conducting ‘game’ activities for Chinese language learning)
15:20-16:00 Sharing section (on challenges in the language classroom and how to design activities that cater for different learning purposes)

Moderator: Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of Confucius Institute, University of Helsinki

Register by sending email to mariliina.rasanen(at) by 11 November 2019.


2019 Spring Chinese Teacher Training Programme

Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Program 外国汉语教师来华研修项目

Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban offers annually 1-4 weeks long Training Programs for Overseas Chinese language teachers in China. The program offers courses on various topics related in Chinese language teaching like pedagogy, teaching skills, teaching materials, intercultural communication etc. All overseas teachers who meet the requirements can apply for the program.

1. Application Requirements
Applicants must be Chinese language teachers in authorized schools, non-Chinese nationality (teacher with Chinese nationality but who has got a permanent living permit in Finland is also eligible to apply), under 60 and in good health condition.

2. Application time
Hanban overseas Chinese Teachers Program opens for application in March. Application deadline is annually  June 1st.

2. Fees
Tuitions, teaching materials expenses and accommodation(double room) are covered by Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. International round-trip tickets shall be covered by the applicants.

3. Application, Verification and Admission
1) Register, select the program and submit your online application here:
2) Submit the application to applicants’ recommendation institutions, which should be a local Confucius Institute/ Classroom, or the Education/Culture Department(office) of the Chinese Embassy (Consulate) in respective countries;
3) After your recommendation institution has checked your application, it is forwarded to your host university for review. Finally the application is sent to Confucius Institute Headquarters for approval.
4) The applicant can check the application status any time on Hanban´s Overseas Chinese teacher training platform.
5) After your application is approved you may contact the host university and start the enrollment procedures.