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 2020 Spring Teachers’ Training CANCELLED

Time: Saturday 28 March 2020, 11-16 (to be re-scheduled)
Venue: Room 7062, Fabianinkatu 30, Kaisa Library, University of Helsinki
Trainers: Tanja Luostarinen (Joensuun normaalikoulu) and Raini Sipilä (SYK)

Interaction (and Drama) in Teaching Chinese - The Finnish Perspective

Imitation, hands-on -working, safe working environment, laughing together, ice breaking - these are significant things to consider when studying a new language in unfamiliar environment and in unfamiliar learning community. A Finnish language student is often forced to study Chinese language through two other languages: English and Finnish. For a Finn there are lots of challenges in Chinese language studies: pronunciation, tones, characters, grammar. The will to understand, the will to sit in the back row, the will to avoid eye contact, the will to avoid to perform or even being noticed, the will of not to fail - there is a half-truth in the Finnish Nightmares -comic book. What about teachers' perspective?

Welcome to learn and share best practices in language teaching! Workshop

11.00 - 11.30 Ice breaking
11.30 - 12.30 Learning by doing: a Finnish lesson
12.30 - 13.30 lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Methods, practices in language teaching and learning - pedagogical view
14.30 - 15.30 From aims to targets
15.30 - 16.00 Reflection, sharing, own experiences

About trainers:

Raini Sipilä is a Finnish primary school teacher (Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu), who loves teaching and learning. She obtained Master’s degree in Education from the University of Helsinki in 1994. She is also qualified to teach Finnish and Literature in secondary school having a BA in Finnish and Literature. Raini studied at Aalto University to get a Learning Design Facilitator's DIPLOMA and to become a teachers' in-service trainer.  During her over 25 year career in teaching Raini has lectured and had workshops abroad, including China.

Tanja Luostarinen is a Finnish teacher and teacher educator. Tanja has two Master’s degrees (International Economics in 1996 and Finnish Language in 2002) and she has studied Chinese in Beijing in 1991–1993 and 1999–2000 and taught elementary Chinese courses in Finland for nearly 30 years. She currently teaches both Finnish language and literature and Chinese for junior and senior secondary school students at the Teacher Training School of the University of Eastern Finland. She has also written both Chinese and Finnish language textbooks for Finnish students. Tanja finds herself feeling joy when interaction in the classroom works and students have found the joy of learning.

Register by sending email to mariliina.rasanen(at) by 23 March 2020.
Registration info should include your name, working place and your telephone number.

The travel expenses (bus or train) will be reimbursed for teachers coming outside the capital area (round-trip).



2019 Autum Chinese Teacher Training Programme

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.