Principals of German Secondary Schools Visits the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig [Time]    2010-10-29 10:01:18 
 

On September 15, a sunny autumn day in Leipzig, 22 secondary school principals from Saxony, Saarland and Thuringia were invited to visit the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig and to attend a meeting in regards to the setting-up of Chinese courses at their own secondary schools.

Principles commenced their visit of the Confucius Institute with great interest. The elegant decorations integrating with eastern and western styles caught their attention and gained their nonstop compliments. The exhibition entitled Kongfu, Dragons and Adventure---Images of China and Chinese people in European Comics only recently held by the Confucius Institute was a display of Chinese culture, history and philosophy comparing the east and west, using vivid pictures and texts. Each and every one of the visitors was deeply attracted by the exhibition.

In the afternoon meeting, Lai Zhijin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute delivered a welcome speech. Mr. R?tting, Director-General of the Academic Office made an introdcution on various kinds of Chinese courses and Chinese cultural events offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig and the promotional work of Chinese courses in secondary schools. In addition, he stated that the Confucius Institute would continue to support the setting-up of Chinese courses in secondary schools. Coming up next was the principals, teachers and students from Christophorusschule ,Salzmannschu-le at Schnepfenthal of Thuringia and Brockhaus Secondary School at Leipzig ,introducing the backgrounds of the setting-up of Chinese courses in their own schools. At present these three schools have AG Chinese class and in addition to Chinese language classes, the schools have also set up courses related to Chinese culture such as a martial arts AG class. They have also taken an active role in events including the summer camps held in China and the ' Chinese Language Bridge Competition’. Supported by the municipal government of Leipzig, Brockhaus Secondary School at Leipzig also established school exchange relations with a secondary school in Nanjing.

Following introductions on the situation of Chinese language AG classes set up by the three aforementioned schools, lively discussions and broad exchanges were made on issues such as means for setting up Chinese language AG classes, what kind of textbooks should be used and how to search for Chinese partner schools.

After the meeting, Lai Zhijin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig, held a vivid Chinese-experience class for the visiting presidents. By using Chinese pinyin which looks very much like the German letters, the presidents learnt a number of Chinese sentences in a short 30 minutes. The presidents talked with the teacher in their simple Chinese, saying as ' Hello, my name is...', ' How are you?' 'I am fine, thank you, and you?!' They also learnt how to count from 1 to 10 on their fingers in Chinese. The presidents were in high spirits for learning and they said that it was not difficult to learn Chinese at all; they considered it very easy to speak. Following the experience class the presidents invited teachers of the Confucius Institute to hold Chinese-experiencing classes for the students in their own secondary schools and they expressed hopes that the Chinese language AG class would be held very soon.

Contributed by Lai Zhijin, the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig

Photoed by Thomas Rötting