7th Independent Learning Association Conference in Wuhan, China, 4-7 November 2016: Opening Speech

Moira Hobbs, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Kerstin Dofs, Ara Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand

Hobbs, M., & Dofs, K. (2017). 7th Independent Learning Association Conference in Wuhan, China, 4-7 November 2016: Opening speech. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 8(2), 86-87.

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Hello everyone
Dajia hao

It is with great pleasure that we are standing here before you today on behalf of the International Independent Learning Association – for several reasons
Jintian wo-men hen rong-xing neng zhan-zai zheli dai-biao guoji zizhu xuexi xiehui

he da-jia jian-mian
Firstly, my colleague Kerstin and I are honoured to be invited to help welcome you all to this wonderful university.

Shou-xian, wo de tong-shi Kerstin he wo hen rong-xing di bei yao-qing dao zhe ge
fei-chang hao de da-xue lai huan-ying ni-men.

Secondly, we are very happy to welcome you all to the 7th conference of the ILA. I was one of the original organisers of the first conference which was held in Melbourne, and Kerstin has been to every conference since then as well.
Qi-ci, wo-men hen gao-xing huan-ying ni-men lai can-jia di qi jie zizhu xuexi guoji 
dahui. wo shi xiehui de di-yi-jie Melbourne huiyi de zuzhizhe zhiyi, Kerstin can-jia
guo suoyou de huiyi.

Thirdly, we are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones, as we share an exciting few days of presentations at this conference.
Di-san, zai jin-hou de ji-tian-li wo-men qi-dai he lao peng-you jian-mian, ye xi-wang
jie-jiao xin de peng-you, hu-xiang jiao-liu, hu-xiang xue-xi.

And, last but not least, we are privileged to have the opportunity of visiting such an ancient and developed culture and country that is so different from our own.
Zui-hou, wo-men hen rong-xing you zhe-yang yi-ci ji-hui ling-lue gu-lao yu xian-dai
jiao-rong de wen-hua he guo-du, bing-qie yu wo-men wen-hua wan-quan bu-tong
de wen-hua.

We wish to thank the staff Huazhong University of Science and Technology for hosting this conference.
Zai zhe-li, wo-men xiang Hua-zhong Ke-ji da-xue de gong-zuo ren-yuan zhi-xie. Hen
gan-xie ta-men zhu-ban zhe-ci hui-yi, tong-shi ye xiang yu-hui-de ge-wei tong-ren
zhi-xie.

Enjoy the conference!
Yu-zhu da-hui yuan-man cheng-gong!

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Kerstin Dofs and Moira Hobbs at the Conference

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The Venue: Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

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