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 Participants follow the proceedings during the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSCFigure3-Participants follow the proceedings during the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSC.

The Local teacher training programme has become a characteristic activity of the Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University over the last two years. In order to improve the level of teaching Chinese language among the local teachers and to promote the development of professional competence, the Confucius Institute organized a local teacher training seminar from October 16th to 17th, 2018. With the theme generally touching on culture and foreign language teaching and acquisition, a total of seven insightful presentations were delivered during the two day seminar.
The training seminar kicked off with the beautiful lion dance and other performances by teachers and stu dents of the Confucius Institute. The CI director, Dr. Kamau Wango, in his opening remarks, welcomes all the invited guests and participants and gave a summary of the achievements of Confucius Institute in 2018 and particularly encouraged students to take the Chinese proficiency test (HSK) in order to make full use of the opportunities brought about by Chinese language competency.
The new Chinese Director Prof. Li Jing delivered a lecture on Confucianism and its influence in the contemporary world. She also introduced the development status of the Confucius Institutes, which enabled the audiences to have a new and deeper understanding of Confucius and his thoughts. Ms. Rebecca Kamau from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development gave the audience a comprehensive
review of the status and characteristics of Chinese teaching in Kenya and its place in the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) Ms. Lydia Wamuti, a Foreign Languages lecturer at Kenyatta University, explained the relationship between language and culture while Mr. Zhuo Hao, a lecturer at the Confucius Institute, summed up his experience in teaching culture by sharing the principles and methods of teaching Chinese culture.
Dr. Milcah M. Chokah, a French lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages at Kenyatta University, opened the proceedings of the second day by delivering a detailed presentation on the teaching and acquisition of foreign languages in a multilingual world. Ms. Susan Wachira, the exam coordinator at the Confucius Institute, shared her experience of teacher training in China specifically designed for local teacher training and language testing. Mr. Yang Chi, the Head of Erdemann Chinese School and a former lecturer at the Confucius Institute conducted an interactive session with the audience to demonstrate the application of games in Chinese language teaching. The seminar focused on practicality, professionalism, richness of content and diversity in application.
The Chinese director Prof. Li Jing in her closing remarks expressed sincere gratitude to the guests and participants and put forward her ideas and reflections on the local teacher training in the coming year. All the participants were awarded certificates of participation. This training seminar not only provided academic guidance for Confucius Institute teachers, but also provided a platform for Chinese teaching exchanges and opened up new horizons for research. Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University will continue to work towards training outstanding local Chinese teachers in order to facilitate the development of Chinese language teaching in the University.

The Chinese Director,Prof.Li Jing awarding a certificate to one of the participants at the close of the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSC-October,2018

Figure1-The Chinese Director,Prof.Li Jing awarding a certificate to one of the participants at the close of the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSC-October,2018

 

Dr.Milcah Chokah presents her lecture on foreign language learning and acquisition in a multilingual world during the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSC

Figure2-Dr.Milcah Chokah presents her lecture on foreign language learning and acquisition in a multilingual world during the Teacher Training Seminar at the BSSC