On 7 September, I was honoured to open the 2018 Victorian Chinese Language Teachers’ Conference at Camberwell Grammar School and celebrate the anniversary of 60 years of Chinese language teaching in Australia.
Camberwell Grammar School was the first school to begin Chinese language teaching in 1958. It was introduced by Mr Glenn France, an Oxford Graduate, who had been stationed in Japan at the end of World War I. Since then, Camberwell Grammar has taught Chinese to thousands of students, and many of them have gone on to live and work in China.
The 2018 Victorian Chinese Language Teachers’ Conference is organised by The Chinese Teachers’ Association of Victoria and the Chinese Language Teachers Federation of Australia. The conference brings together Victorian teachers, students, university staff, members of the Chinese community, representatives of the Chinese Consulate, as well as influential figures in Chinese education from Asia.