China Seminars | 中国讲座

The Confucius Institute regularly invites academics and experts worldwide to give talks at the China Seminars Series about the latest research in language studies, language teaching, international relationships and economics, and other topics.

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UK-China Seminar Series Project 2022


Willing to share your expertise, insight and knowledge with Chinese and British colleagues/audiences? The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is now accepting proposals for the 2022 UK-China Seminar Series, which will take place from April to December 2022!

As the year 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield (SCI), we are planning a series of events to celebrate this important milestone and the 2022 UK-China Seminar Series project will be one of them.

The China Seminar Series is an annual project organised by the SCI designed to host a number of talks across the year by renowned academic and professors from around the UK and China.

The seminars cover a variety of topics, including Chinese language education, cross-cultural communication, Chinese philosophy, Chinese history and Chinese agriculture among others. In order to promote cross-cultural dialogue between our British and Chinese colleagues, the UK-China Seminar Series was created.

Academics, professors and speakers are invited to submit their seminar proposals via the Google Form (link below), to be considered in the UK-China Seminar Series 2022. From those submitted, speakers from the UK and China submitting proposals on similar topics will be “matched” and invited to conduct a seminar together, forming an important aspect of the project & reiterating the idea of cross-cultural communication and learning.

Topics Areas for the Seminar Series

Please send us your research interests. The following Humanities subjects are of

  • Languages
  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Art

To submit your seminar proposal, please fill in the Google form, which can be accessed HERE. If you cannot access the form, please contact By submitting this form, you confirm you are available during your chosen time and consent to the recording of your seminar for research purposes. Please complete your expression of interest (including the title/topic) via the Google Form by the end of February. The full proposal submission deadline is 31st March 2022.

The seminars will be hosted on Zoom and will take place at your preferred time.

Seminars should typically last 40 minutes up to 1 hour, with additional time allocated for Q&A.

Previous events

On 14 July 2020, Professor Zhao Yang, Dean of the School of Chinese as a Second Language from Peking University, delivered an online lecture titled Research on the Acquisition of Chinese marker “men” from the perspective of Feature Recognition.


On 2 July 2020, Dr. Clare Wright, Lecturer in Linguistics and Language at the University of Leeds, discussed the challenges faced with Chinese teaching and the progressive development of Chinese teaching with the talk Is learning Chinese easy or difficult?.

利兹大学语言学与语言教学讲师克莱尔 莱特(Clare Wright)博士以“学习汉语易或难”为题,探讨中文教学所面临的挑战及逐步发展的汉语教学实践。

On 3 June 2020, Modesto Corderi Novoa, from University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Spain, was invited to give a talk- Improlanguage!, a practical workshop for language or teachers and students on how to utilise several useful drama techniques that can facilitate interaction and communication in the language classroom.

孔院组织举办首场线上教师培训:来自西班牙的莫帝 Modesto Corderi Novoa,(University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Spain),为孔院汉办教师和本土教师举办了首场线上教师培训—戏剧教 学法培训.

Due to Covid-19, various teachers training courses, in the form of online free public-access courses, are offered online by the Confucius Institute, Chinese Plus, the National Chinese Test Centre, the Chinese Language and Culture Education Foundation.

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