The Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School Holds the Preliminary Round for the 3rd “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-02 11:30:28 

Phuket, June 29th – the Southwest Thailand Preliminary Round of the 3rd “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students drew to a successful conclusion. The competition was organized by the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School and received the support of middle schools in southwest Thailand. Candidates hailing from 10 middle schools in Southwest Thailand attended the competition. The competition was comprised of a three-minute speech competition, a Q&A competition and a Chinese art talent show, the competition theme is Fun with Chinese, Growing with Vigor.

When it came to the fun of Chinese learning, children all wore a radiant smile on their faces, they shared their unforgettable Chinese learning experiences in fluent Chinese: how they read, how they wrote, when they spoke the words “Ni Hao (hello)” for the first time, how they learned their first Chinese song as well as how they wrote a letter to their dad in Chinese on Father’s Day. The next segment was a Q&A, the audience were all surprised by the little candidates’ knowledge of China’s current climate, Chinese culture and language. They knew not only about Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Palace and the three durable plants of winter, but also the mascots of Beijing Olympic Games (Fuwa) and the Shanghai World Expo (Hypol). During the artistic talent show, candidates staged Chinese calligraphy demonstrations set to music, kung fu, some performances of song and dance.

One first prize winner and two second prize winners were selected; the three winners will enter the semi-final competition held on July 9th in Thailand. Candidates revealed that the competition has stimulated their curiosity for Chinese learning and having found shortcomings, they said they would go on learning Chinese diligently and hope to have the opportunity to study in China.

The Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School also held a Chinese teaching materials exhibition during the competition, which showcased over one hundred volumes of Chinese teaching materials, supplementary reading materials, advanced multimedia teaching aids and various Chinese cultural and artistic educational disks including the Chinese XP Thai Edition, the Thai People Learning Chinese, New Practical Chinese, Thai Edition, some other Thai-Chinese bilingual teaching materials, The Chinese Audio Primer and audio cards. In addition, there were also some Chinese cultural experience facilities offered by Hanban on display during the exhibition. They enabled candidates to learn about the latest Chinese teaching materials and broaden their visions.