On the morning of October 31, 2020, the tenth annual meeting of the National Secondary Japanese Curriculum School Work Research Association, with the theme of “Stick to the Positioning of Japanese Research and Empower Multilingual Development”, was held at our school. The meeting adopted a combination of online and offline methods. More than 150 guests from around 20 colleges and universities attended the meeting, with 400-plus viewers participating in the online livestreaming broadcast. The seminar discussed and shed light on the fruitful achievements and research of the past decade. Many media such as Wenhui Daily, Youth Daily and The International Channel Shanghai filed reports on the meeting.
The meeting received strong support from the Consulate General of Japan in Shanghai, the Japan Cultural Exchange Center in Beijing (the Japan Foundation for International Exchange), and the Japan International Cultural Exchange Foundation. Japan’s Waseda University, International Pacific University, Rikkyo University, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and other overseas schools sent their good wishes through videos.
At the opening ceremony and communication session in the morning, Yang Yun, vice principal (presiding over the work) of Shanghai Ganquan Foreign Languages Middle School, gave the inaugural speech as leader of the school. She reviewed the history of Japanese language education in the school since 1972, and said that we will continue to raise awareness about the school’s language brand under the aegis of the association, and on this basis, further promote the concept of “from Japanese education to multilingual education, from multilingual education to multicultural education, and from local education to international education” to the satisfaction of the people.
Liu Guohua, president of the association, emphasized that in today’s complex and ever-changing international situation, foreign language education must adhere to the “initial intention, perseverance, sincerity, and confidence,” convey the voice of China in foreign languages, tell Chinese stories well in foreign languages, and sing for the community with a shared future for mankind in multiple languages.
Then President Liu Guohua and President Jiang Haishan of the Shanghai Education International Exchange Association jointly issued letters of appointment to the two new vice presidents, Yang Yun and Feng Mei, principal of Shanghai Foreign Language School for Industry and Commerce.
President Jiang said in his speech that Shanghai will continue to contribute to the development of the national secondary Japanese language education with a more open platform and richer teaching resources.
Qu Zhijun, deputy director of the Education Bureau of Putuo District, praised our school for always being at the forefront of the reform and development of multilingual education in middle schools, and exploring the development of high-quality and balanced education method with Shanghai Ganquan Foreign Languages Middle School characteristics, which set a good example for and made contributions to international education in Putuo.
In the main report session that followed, Gao Jie, dean of the School of Japanese Studies at Shanghai International Studies University and also a PhD supervisor; Pi Junjun, director of the Japanese Editorial Department of People’s Education Press; Guan Wenjie, president of Shanghai Jiading No. 1 Middle School; and Lu Zhenquan, principal of Shanghai Minhang Tianyuan Senior High School affiliated to Beijing Foreign Studies University, shared their exploration and practice in the development of Japanese language education.
Pu Hong, Party secretary of our school, and representatives of Casio (China) Trading Co., Ltd. then took the stage to present awards to teacher Tian Youjia of our school and teacher Wei Xiangyu from Shanghai Industrial and Commerce Foreign Language School. Our students Xu Shuxin and Chen Yiwen, who won special prizes at the first Japanese dubbing contest for middle school students of the 1st “Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Cup,” gave a live dubbing demonstration, and the wonderful performance, comparable to the original sound, won warm applause from the audience.
Our school was awarded the honorary title of “National Secondary Japanese Language Teaching and Research Model School” by the National Secondary Japanese Curriculum School Work Research Association at the meeting.