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Teacher Appreciation Day 2019

Teacher Appreciation Day 2019
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
October 4, 2019

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosts an annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Hundreds of teachers and students gathered on October 4, 2019 to learn about Chinese language and culture teaching and learning. They also heard about the Chinese Summer Bridge Camp and other opportunities available to both teachers and students.

Dr. Yan Xu, Director of CSU-CI,welcomed the crowd and gave the CI Annual Activities Report.

Dr. Yan Xu

Dr. Yan Xu


Dr. Yan Xu recognized Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.

Xuhong Zhang

Xuhong Zhang

Wenjun Wang served as MC for the program.

MC Wenjun Wang for teacher appreciation day program

Wenjun Wang

Ms. Wenjing Wang, Teacher of MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, told about the 2019 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.

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Ms. Wenjing Wang

Ms. Wenjing Wang

Ms. Wenjing Wang

Next, Miss Kimyana Macy Hammett, Student of Shaw High School in East Cleveland, told about her experience in Beijing at the 2019 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.



Miss Kimyana Macy Hammett

Miss Kimyana Macy Hammett

Iranian American Mr. Ali Soltanshahi, Director of CSU-CISP, spoke about the value of international education at the annual Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day at Cleveland State University. He told his story of leaving Iran to live in France, only speaking Farsi, and eventually the United States and the issues in being a minority for the first time.



Mr. Ali Soltanshahi

Mr. Ali Soltanshahi


Mr. Ali Soltanshahi

Ms. Grace Paul, Teacher of Solon High School, spoke about the Joy of Teaching & Learning Chinese.



Ms. Grace Paul

Ms. Grace Paul

Ms. Grace Paul

Ms. Grace Paul speech slide

The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Xizhen Qin, Associate Professor of University of South Florida. Her topic was Revisiting the Concept of Culture in Foreign Language Classroom.



Dr. Xizhen Qin keynote speech

Dr. Xizhen Qin keynote speech

Dr. Xizhen Qin keynote speech

Dr. Xizhen Qin keynote speech

Dr. Xizhen Qin keynote speech

Proclamations were presented to Dr. Yan Xu, Director of CSU-CI, by Ms. Esther Kelsch, Representative of US Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and Mr. Alexander Lackey, Representative of Mayor Frank G. Jackson.



Ms. Esther Kelsch and Dr. Yan Xu

Ms. Esther Kelsch and Dr. Yan Xu

Alex Lackey and Dr. Yan Xu

Alex Lackey and Dr. Yan Xu

Dignitaries at Taecher appreciation day at CSU CI - Xuhong Zhang, Alex Lackey, Esther Kelsch, Anthony Yen, Dr. Jianping Zhu, Dr. Yan Xu and Liwei Huang

Dignitaries at Teacher Appreciation Day
Xuhong Zhang, Alex Lackey, Esther Kelsch, Anthony Yen,
Dr. Jianping Zhu, Dr. Yan Xu and Liwei Huang


Dr. Anthony Yen, Chairman of CSU-CI Board of Directors and Dr. Jianping Zhu, Provost and Senior Vice President of CSU, presented awards to the teachers at the annual Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day at Cleveland State University.



Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu

Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher

Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teachers


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher


Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to teacher  Xuhong Zhang

Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu present award to Xuhong Zhang


They all then posed for a group photo.

Teachers group photo at CS CSU teacher appreciation day

Group Photo


The enjoyable event ended with a delicious lunch and networking.

Lunch at CSU CI teacher day

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