[photopress:Yale_signing_ceremony.jpg,full,alignright]China International Publishing Group and Yale University will cooperate on a Chinese-learning publication project. The idea is to facilitate the study of Chinese by foreigners so it immediately has this writer’s close attention.
At the signing, shown here, Cai Mingzhao, vice minister of the State Council Information Office and president of CIPG, acknowledged the rapid rise in the popularity of Chinese learning around the world, with 30 million foreigners currently studying Chinese. He also praised the in-depth joint research carried out by CIPG and Yale across North America and Europe, aiming to put forth a thorough Chinese language instruction program, entitled ‘I Speak Chinese.’ (Not a snappy title but it gets the idea across.)
‘I Speak Chinese’ will first come out in its Chinese-English version, but other languages will slowly be added to the mix.
Richard Levin, president of Yale University, who jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding, said, ‘Today marks the formal start of another project which will result in the creation of an innovative set of materials for teaching Chinese as a second language.’
CIPG and Yale University’s cooperation began in the 1990s when the two broke new ground in co-publishing the Culture and Civilization of China series.