[photopress:Richard_Levin_Yale.jpg,full,alignright]China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and Yale University are to co-operate on a Chinese-learning publication project. Both parties want more foreigners to study Chinese. The idea is to help them. This resonates with the writer. He is doing just that at the moment.
Cai Mingzhao, vice minister of the State Council Information Office and president of CIPG, and Richard Levin, president of Yale University jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
Cai Mingzhao’s speech at the ceremony acknowledged the rapid rise in the popularity of Chinese learning around the world, with 30 million foreigners currently studying Chinese. And it is still growing. Estimates seeing it reaching 100 million by 2010.
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. Grabber of a title.
Cai Mingzhao said, ‘This textbook will be multimedia-styled. Over the next two years, we will slowly integrate a series of tie-in products, such as an electronic, interactive, web-based textbook among others. We thus hope to cater to the needs of many types of learners.’
I Speak Chinese will first be publishjed in its Chinese-English version, but other languages will slowly be added to the mix.
Richard Levin said, ‘This project represents a major opportunity to establish Yale and CIPG as the world’s leading creators and distributors of materials for Chinese language teaching.”