Monthly Archives: September 2011

CPD-Chinese Language & Culture 4 Nov

Join us on Friday 4th Nov for a morning CPD session from Shaz Lawrence covering development of Chinese language/cultural programmes and
assessment strategies.

Whether you are considering teaching Chinese or are already doing so, this is a seminar that will give you insights, information and inspiration in equal measure.

Shaz Lawrence is a regular presenter at the San Francisco Chinese Education Conference and, closer to home, at the SSAT Conference in London.

Her workshops for teachers of Chinese are packed with practical ideas and resources that are easily applied to the Chinese language classroom. Earlier this year she ran a workshop with the Edinburgh City Confucius Hub Classroom which was very popular and she returns due to popular demand to Edinburgh. She will present two new workshops suitable for primary and secondary teachers.

Teach Chinese? Yes you can!

How to develop Chinese language/cultural programmes for beginner students; exploring strategies for a general classroom teacher with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese.

Assessment is for Learning in the Chinese Classroom: The Key to Success

Research suggests that learners learn best and attainment improves when students understand clearly what they are trying to learn and what is expected of them.

Shaz Lawrence – profile

Shaz Lawrence has over 20 years of experience teaching Chinese in Primary, and High School grade levels. She has been instrumental in the start up of many new language programs in Australia, and the US.

She holds a Bachelor of Education, an Advanced Degree in Language Acquisition, and has studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan and China.
Currently teaching Chinese to K-8 students in San Francisco, Shaz is also a teacher-trainer for schools in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, California, USA.

She has two popular websites for teachers of Chinese – Creative Chinese and Chinese Monster Magic, plus that offers over 5,000 general classroom resources from technology to lesson plans.

Her innovative and creative approach to teaching Chinese has resulted in the development of a DVD, 8 Modules of `Chinese Monster Magic` materials for young learners, and Units of work for Middle school students titled – `Paper Bag Chinese`. Her online weekly Newsletter – `Creative Chinese` gives innovative ideas and resources to over 300 teachers of Chinese in the UK, US, Australia, Taiwan and China.

Shaz has been a regular presenter at the San Francisco Chinese Education Conference, and the SSAT Conference in London. Her workshops for teachers of Chinese are packed with practical ideas and resources that are easily applied to the Chinese language classroom. Her first workshop with the Edinburgh City Confucius Hub Classroom on May 25 2011 was very popular and she returns due to popular demand to Edinburgh.

Booking Details

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP
TIME : 09.30-14.00
COST : £30 inclusive of coffee, lunch and materials

For further information and to book please contact Meryl James of St George`s School for Girls on 0131 311 8000 or email her on

Art in Translation: Keynote and Conference – October 2011

A full day conference on 28 Oct with a keynote address the evening before will examine the topic of Chinese Art:Translation, Adaptation and Modalities. The conference is part sponsored by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and is organised by Art in Translation.

DAY 1: The keynote address at 5.15pm on Thursday 27 October will be given by Roderick Whitfield, University of London,SOAS on the topic `When Buddhism Came to China`. The venue will be Lecture Room 1 at 20 Chambers Street

DAY 2: The full day conference programme on Friday 28 October runs from 9.30am-6pm and will take place in Teviot Dining Room, Teviot Row Student Union, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ.

Session 1: Why Translate?

Puay-Peng Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Mind the Gap: Will More Translated Works in the Field of Chinese Architectural History Help?
Michael Nylan, University of California-Berkeley: Heritage Issues in Translation: Convergent Preoccupations in Chinese and Western Scholarship
Chia-Ling Yang, University of Edinburgh: Archaic Art and Translated Modernity in China

Session 2: Exotic China, Exotic West

Youngsook Pak, University of London SOAS: Chaekkori – a Chosŏn Conundrum –
Alain George, University of Edinburgh: Chinese Art and Culture in the Islamic World (7th–10th c)
Yuka Kadoi, Art Institute of Chicago: China in Islamic Art after the Mongol Invasions of Eurasia: Centuries of Translations
Hsueh-Man Shen, New York University: ‘Dragon’ or ‘Long’ in Chinese Art

For more information and to book please visit
Attendance is charged at £30 (£15 concession) inclusive of full conference attendance plus an evening reception on Day 1 and tea/coffee plus lunch on Day 2.

Art in Translation aims to broaden the scope of understanding of art, architecture and visual design through events such as this conference and through its online journal which publishes English translations of the best writing on these topics from across the globe.

Scotland-China collection

The range of publiciations available in the Confucius Institute library continues to expand in scope and variety with some new additions to the Scotland-China section which focuses on Scots who have lived and worked in China as government officials, soldiers, business people, missionaries and travellers.

The variety of topics include:

* early diplomatic contacts with China, by George Bogle in Tibet around 1780 and John Napier at Hong Kong in 1834
* government officials like James Stewart-Lockhart and Reginald Johnston, who served in Hong Kong and Wei-hai-wei in the late 19th and early 20th century – Johnston was also, of course, tutor to Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China
* merchants and business people, like Jardine Matheson and Co., and the Melrose tea family
* scientists and travellers such as botanists Robert Fortune and George Forrest, photographer John Thomson, doctor Patrick Manson, and journalist Archibald Colquhoun
* missionaries such as John Gilmour in Mongolia, Dugald Christie in Manchuria and Eric Liddell in Shandong
in the opposite direction, Chiang Yee`s classic The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, recently reprinted by Mercat Press
* some less well known people like John Bell, who reached Beijing overland from Russia in 1721

To borrowing any of the books or DVDs from the Institute library a membership is required. Full details of membership and an application form are available here.
This collection focuses on books that show the links between the two nations. It is held in the Confucius Institute library and will be catalogued in the University of Edinburgh system.

The China Project – Concerts – 3,4,5 November 2011

Event Date: 05/11/2011

Book now for one of the three unique musical fusion evenings with Emma Smith and the Silk String Quartert in early November.

Emma Smith, Scottish double bass player, a regular with Eliza Carthy`s band and Gorillaz, to name but two, will join with Silk String Quartet on of Europe’s best professional Chinese music ensembles for classical and contemporary music. Performing on traditional Chinese instruments – the pipa, yangqin, erhu and guzheng – they have performed with collaborators including Lang Lang and Damon Albarn.

Kimho Ip, musical curator at the Confucius Institute for Scotland will join the ensemble playing the Yang Qin.

The China Project explores the blend of Scottish and Chinese musical cultures. Including music by Mo Fan and Lau, the concert also features a new commission by renowned Scottish composer Jim Sutherland. This is a rare opportunity to hear these captivating instruments both in their own musical world and delving into a radical new one, where western and eastern instruments form a wholly new ensemble.

Thu 3 Nov 2011, 7.30pm Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
£12/£10 concession/£5 under 18 – Friends £2 discount. Tel 01463 234234

Fri 4 Nov 2011, 7.30pm The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
£10/£8 concession/£5 students.
Tickets on the door or from Over 18`s only

Sat 5 Nov 2011, 7.30pm Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
£13.75/£11.75 concession TelL 0131 665 2240