In the Face of Future Competition, how can Hailiang Foreign Language School Cultivate Students’ International-Mindedness?
The Voice of China is being heard worldwide
China’s strength is revealing itself again
There is a miracle called “The Speed of China”
This miracle is subverting the imagination of people around the world
There is pride in being a Chinese citizen
How can we make a child a Chinese citizen that has international-mindedness?
Hailiang Foreign Language School gives you the answer
International mindedness consists of multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement, which is at the heart of the IB programmes. At Hailiang Foreign Language School, we develop our students’international mindedness by actions.
HFLS Mission: Education for the Future
EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE is the mission for Hailiang Foreign Language School. Since its establishment in 1995, Hailiang Foreign Language School’s mission has been “to build a future-oriented world education system based on the future developmental needs of students, to help every child to have opportunities and gain self-confidence, so that they can carry the excellent qualities of Chinese people to the world, adapt to the developmental norms of the new world, and have a vision for the future in order to live a happy and fruitful life of their dreams in the future that they create.
International-mindedness is embedded within the mission of Hailiang Foreign Language School.
In order to build a future-oriented world education system, we must ensure that our education prepares students for an increasingly interconnected and globalized world.
In order for students to carry the excellent qualities of Chinese people to the world, they must (1) know their own history and culture, and (2) develop the multilingual communication skills necessary in order to communicate with others from around the world.
In order to adapt to the developmental norms of the new world, students must have an understanding about the world and how they fit within this world.
But before we continue, let’s take a step back and answer two key questions: “What is international-mindedness and why is it so important to our students in Hailiang Foreign Language School?”
Why international-mindedness is so vitally important for our students? Students of today will be doing jobs that we cannot imagine now. The world is becoming increasingly globalized and transnational corporations are becoming the norm. Therefore, we need to prepare students for their careers which may often span several countries and may require them to adapt to different cultures and languages.
In order to create EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE, it is vital for our students to not only learn and understand our motherland China, but also, they need to understand how China fits in with the rest of the world, which requires global knowledge and an international mindset.
In order to define international-mindedness, the IB currently sees three elements in international-mindedness:
The concept of multilingualism is embedded within the very name of Hailiang Foreign Language School. HFLS aims to go beyond merely one additional language per student. Since its inception in 1995, HFLS has been committed to ensuring proficiency in foreign languages.
Over the past 24 years, HFLS has held classes in English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Mandarin Chinese through its HSK (Chinese Proficiency Exam) classes. At HFLS, students not only develop foreign languages but also maintain their‘mother-tongue’
Intercultural understanding encourages students to appreciate critically their own perspective (beliefs, values, experience and ways of knowing) as well as the perspectives of others. Intercultural understanding involves students engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.”
In HFLS, we exemplify Intercultural Understanding through the Model United Nations (MUN). In the MUN, “students participate in an educational simulation in which students develop different areas of knowledge, like researching, public speaking, debating, writing skills, teamwork, critical thinking and leadership abilities.”
However, it also places students in the roles of another nation. Each participant must act as a representative of a different country, understanding its language, culture, history and role within the world. By doing so, students learn other cultures and empathize with the issues faced by different countries around the world.
“Carrying the excellent qualities of Chinese people to the world” is a crucial part of the HFLS mission. It is very important for students to learn their own history and background and to be able to communicate their mindsets and viewpoints with others from around the world.
Global Engagement is about our students engaging with the world. Students are encouraged to engage with their global world, via information, resources, and their teachers. Every day, Hailiang Foreign Language School’s students get the opportunity to meet and interact with expat teachers and students from all around the world, including The United States, The United Kingdom, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Serbia, Russia, India, Pakistan, Ghana, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Belarus, Canada, Egypt, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, and many, many more.
Engaging with global issues can raise students’ self-esteem, confidence, and belief in their own efficacy for creating positive change. Global engagement creates opportunities for students to practise skills in research, public-speaking, teamwork, negotiation, and writing. HFLS’s students don’t have to leave the classroom to “go global.” Here, we bring the world to our students.
IB Collaboration Planning: International Mindedness Action Plan
Hailiang Foreign Language School is currently a candidate school for the IBDP. In the most recent collaboration meeting led by Lynn Wong at HFLS, teachers discussed how to promote International Mindedness in their teaching and learning to foster students’greater awareness of local issues and global issues. Teachers always seeking to continuously improve, continuously get better, and continue to make HFLS the best gift that we can give our children.
Possess international mindedness from early childhood
All countries are closely connected to each other in an era of globalization and our country will have a large influx of international talents in the coming decades. Every country is no longer an isolated island since the advent of the Internet age, while the whole world has been connected in a closer network. Greater development platform is only for talents who know international rules, have international mindedness and embrace international competition.
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Source: Hailiang Foreign Language School (HFLS)
供稿 Contributors：Johann D. Lewis、 汪琳Lynn、沈楚颖Shirley
HAILIANG FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
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**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.