12th Tourism Chinese Competition in Cheju Island Reaches a Conclusion

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla College [Time]    2010-11-16 10:09:51 
 

Cheju, November 5th, 2010—with the support of Hanban and the Education Office at the Chinese Embassy in South Korea, the 12th Tourism Chinese Competition in Cheju Island was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla College (CHC), and was closed at the auditorium of CHC. Wang Lixin, Director of the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Nankai University—the institute’s partner school, was present at the event and served as a judge.

The competition was divided into 3 groups: primary school, secondary school and university. The preliminary round concluded on October 30th with 42 contestants. A total of 24 contestants (8 for each group) were chosen for the finals. After strict selection, Kim Dong Wook won first place for the primary school group with an excellent performance; Kim Min Yong won first place for the secondary school group with standard pronunciation and fluent expression. The first winner of the university group was Kim Ae Sil, a 40-year-old mother. In her speech, she told of her story about overcoming a disease and returning to school to learn Chinese language. Her accurate expression and moving experience touched both the judges and audience.

CHC also placed great importance on the contest: Rector Kim Sung Hoon was present at the event and gave a speech. He stressed that China has become an engine for world economic growth; CHC long ago foresaw China’s rapid change and development and established the Department of Tourism Chinese in 1995. With support of Hanban, a Confucius Institute was established at CHC last year, which helped further promote Chinese education and cooperation in many fields with China. Currently, a number of experienced Chinese teachers from Nankai University are working at CHC, lending an impetus to the improvement of Chinese education of CHC and the whole Cheju Island. He expressed that the competition would surpass any previous one in content and level. He stated that CHC will take the institute as a platform to provide the people of Cheju with various Chinese language courses and cultural activities and play an important role in promoting exchanges between the two countries.

Director Wang Lixin also delivered a passionate speech before the contest and talked about his feelings following the event. He told the contestants and audience that classroom/book learning is not enough for mastering a language and culture, which requires practice in the actual environment of the country. He stated that since its launch one year ago, the institute, with the joint effort of CHC and Nankai University—the institute’s partner schools, has carried out a number of cultural activities such as the contest to promote exchange and mutual understanding between the two countries. He said that in the future Nankai University plans to take the institute as a platform to expand cooperation and exchanges and launch more activities, so as to offer two sides more opportunities to know each other. Finally, he expressed his gratitude to CHC teaching staff who have done a lot of work for the contest and expressed his congratulations to the contestants.

The Tourism Chinese Competition was initiated by CHC in 1998 and has been held 12 times so far. The event attracts more and more young students who have interest in Chinese language, China and Sino-Korean relations and has given a big push to the development of Sino-Korean language and culture exchanges. Cheju Cable TV gave a follow-up report on the event.