Belvedere College - Belvedere Welcomes Chinese

Belvedere Welcomes Chinese

Belvedere Welcomes Chinese

Thursday 31st January 2013
Chinese Exchange Programme  View PowerPoint Presentation of the exchange here...

Belvedere College S.J. would like to extend a very warm welcome to the students from The High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing and their teachers, Ms. Gao and Ms. Liu. We are delighted to be hosting the Chinese group who will arrive on Thursday 31st January 2013.

Last March 2012, we made our first visit to The High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing and a wonderful new relationship developed between our two schools with the help of the Confucius Institute. The second visit was in October 2012 with the current exchange group and the programme has been further enhanced with the addition of student homestay. The return leg of this Exchange is a momentous occasion for us and we are looking forward to hosting our guests from Beijing.

This is a very important event on many levels; the link and partnership that we have established with this school in China is unique in that it is the first time that a Chinese school will visit an Irish school. This is a significant event for Belvedere College and for the Confucius Institute of Ireland.

As part of the Exchange Programme itinerary the Chinese students will be fully involved in the life of the College, with immersion into classes, a visit to the Ambassador at the Chinese Embassy, Trinity College, the Book of Kells and they will enjoy homestay with their host brother from Belvedere College S.J.
Belvedere College S.J. has been offering Chinese Culture classes to Transition Year students since 2008. We have also been teaching  Mandarin Chinese Language since 2010.  The course is a language and culture course, but with the primary focus on language. At year end, the students sit the YCT (Young Learners Chinese Test) exams- internationally recognized benchmarks in Chinese language learning.

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