The Role of Confucius Institutes in Chinese HL-CL Schools

10:50 - 11:50am

This presentation discusses the role of Confucius Institutes (CIs) in Chinese Heritage Language-Community Language (HL-CL) schools by comparing stakeholders’ views before and after the Confucius Institute was founded in a metropolitan area. The CI performs an important and encouraging role in local Chinese schools, especially in its partner school—Zhihui School. According to the stakeholders in the CI and Chinese schools, the CI organizes various activities to motivate the students to learn their HL and provides teacher training opportunities. The stakeholders in the CI promise that they will continue to support local Chinese schools and Chinese HL education since the biggest local Chinese-learning population is the Chinese heritage population.