MONTGOMERY - The Confucius Institute at Troy University will recognize the success of its first Confucius Classroom program in Montgomery and honor the teacher who is helping local high school students gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture.
The Institute will hold an appreciation banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel. During the event, TROY and Confucius Institute officials will recognize the achievements of students enrolled in the Confucius Classroom at LAMP High School, and students enrolled in the program will perform songs and poetry in Chinese for an audience of parents and community, business and government leaders.
Steven Frost, the mandarin Chinese teacher at LAMP High School, will also receive the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Confucius Institute at TROY.
Launched in 2011, the Confucius Classroom partnership provides LAMP High School with access to funding and support for its Chinese language programs.
Wednesday's banquet will also feature additional performances of traditional song and dance by TROY students from China. Dr. Iris Xu, director of the Confucius Institute at TROY, will give an overview of the Institute's achievements in recent years, including hosting dozens of language workshops for schools and businesses and sponsoring travel to China for some 400 Alabamians.
With offices in Montgomery, Troy and Dothan, TROY's Confucius Institute is the state's only such institute with a statewide mission of providing the people of Alabama with knowledge of China that will serve business, educational, cultural, and public interests.
The office at TROY's Montgomery Campus gives schools and businesses in the River Region increased access to a variety of services including language training, study abroad programs and translation services, among other programs.
For more information about the event, contact the Institute's Montgomery office, located in 307 Whitley Hall, at 334-240-7325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Troy Campus office can be reached at 334-808-6348.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Institute's celebration of Chinese New Year. More than 400 Chinese students and other members of the TROY community celebrated the Year of the Horse during a festival on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Troy Campus.