BBC’s New Programme about Chinese Style Teaching

BBC’s latest TV programme “Are our kids touch enough?” starts tonight on Channel 2. Five Chinese teachers taught a class of 50 British young teens for a month. Quite brave experiment. It would be really interesting to find out the result! You can read more about this progrmmae on BBC’s website.

I also found these are interesting to read:

12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

The trouble with stereotypes

In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom

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Sussex and Surrey Pupils to Learn Asian Style

Interesting local news in Heart Radio today:

(http://www.heart.co.uk/sussex/news/local/sussex-surrey-top-stories/)

“Pupils at schools in Sussex and Surrey are going to be taught maths – Eastern Asian style.

St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill and St. John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive in Woking are two schools being set up by the government as so-called Maths Hubs.

It is part of an 11 million pound project to see whether daily maths lessons and more focus on times tables and long division, means our kids can compete with youngsters in places like Japan and China”

Chinese Premier Li Visits the UK

As you are probably aware the Chinese Premier is now visiting the UK. Premier Li Keqiang is in the UK for 3 days. Exciting news includes the Home Office announced a new visa service, to be offered to all Chinese visitors to the UK. Business visitors and tourists will be able to use a single application for their visas for Britain as well as for a Schengen visa, which allows access to 26 European countries. Mr Li, who is accompanied by a large business delegation, is expected to formally agree commercial deals and investments worth up to £18bn in areas such as energy and finance. Premier Li is visiting the UK as part of a tour of European countries.

We hope this visit will enhence the good relationship between the two countires. Here are some reports and articles about this visits:

1) Yuan deal of ‘critical importance’ — BBC

2)Miliband meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang — BBC

3)Chinese premier on three day UK visit — The Telegraph

4) Queen and David Cameron welcome Chinese premier to Britain — The Telegraph

 

Documentary Series: The Da Ming Palace

Six beautifully made series about a legendary palace of the splendid Tang Dynasty in Chinese history. The rise and fall of Da Ming Palace was closely tightened with the power of Tang. If you are interested in Chinese ancient culture, you need to learn about Tang. It is my favourite dynasty in the history of China! 🙂

A few interesting facts about Tang Dynasty (618年-907年):

1. It was fashionable for women to be full-figured (or plump). Men enjoyed the presence of assertive, active women.

2. Empress Wu Ze Tian was the only legitimate female ruler in Chinese history.

3. During the Tang Dynasty, tea became synonymous with everything sophisticated in society.

4.  The first recorded use of toilet paper was made in 589 by the scholar-official Yan Zhitui.

5. People played football and polo.  W020081212393262858311

Watch in youtube: Chinese Version

English Version: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Culture and Design: A Vision of China

The Inspiring Chinese Course gang are going to check this out! 🙂

A Design Futures talk by Professor Jan Staël von Holstein 

Professor Jan Staël von Holstein presents a discussion of contemporary Chinese culture, examining the differences between East and West and how such contrasts relate to design thinking.

Date and time: 20th Feb 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm

Place: Sallis Benney Theatre

Organized by:

    

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How China Fooled the World – with Robert Peston

Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in serious trouble. China is now the second largest economy in the world and for the last 30 years China’s economy has been growing at an astonishing rate. While Britain has been in the grip of the worst recession in a generation, China’s economic miracle has wowed the world.

  • Broadcast on BBC Two, 9:00PM Tue, 18 Feb 2014
  • Available until 9:59PM Fri, 28 Feb 2014
  • First broadcast BBC Two, 9:00PM Tue, 18 Feb 2014
  • Duration 60 minutes

Click to watch in iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03w7gxt/

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Britain to Ease Visa System for Chinese Visitors

The Independent

George Osborne has bowed to pressure from businesses and agreed to bring in a joint visa application for the UK and other European countries to help lure wealthy Chinese visitors.

For the first time Chinese applicants will be able to submit just one form covering them for both Britain and the EU Schengen agreement countries through selected travel agents.

Read the whole article here.

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