Launching the Language Day activities and integrating Chinese into local language exam system
-- Confucius Institute at Cardiff University promotes Chinese language teaching and culture activities at primary and secondary schools in Wales

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Cardiff University [Time]    2014-08-19 13:05:05 

Launching the Language Day activities

Since the middle of June, 2014, the Confucius Classrooms at various primary or secondary schools affiliated to the Confucius Institute at Cardiff University have started to launch a series of activities to promote the Chinese language and culture.

The “Chinese Dragon Culture Theme Activity” at Marlborough Primary School inaugurated the International Language Day events at various primary and secondary schools in Wales. Chinese dragons and their Welsh counterparts share similarities in cultural symbolic meanings,however, they do differ from each other in their images. Through comparing their similarities and differences, the primary school students enhanced their knowledge of the Chinese dragon as a cultural symbol and its cultural significance. It also helped students to strengthen their identity with the Chinese dragon culture and develop favorable feelings towards it. Because of this, the students also prepared various handcrafts of Chinese dragons to present at the art week.

Students of Marlborough Primary School showing their bookmarks of Chinese dragons

At Cathays High School in Cardiff, the Chinese calligraphy class won great popularity during the Chinese Language Day. What interested the students most was the ancient writing tool and the splendid pictographic Chinese characters. They showed great enthusiasm in writing Chinese characters with writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink stones.

During the International Language Week at Ysgol Glan Clwyd Secondary School located in St. Asaph of northern Wales, the students there showed keen interests in the culture experiencing activities of Chinese Language Week and actively participated in various language and culture courses, such as the spoken Chinese class, calligraphy class, and cooking class, etc. At the closing ceremony, students of the Chinese language team presented a Chinese-language stage play Mulan in ancient Chinese costumes, which won many rounds of applause and cheers from the audience with its excellent integration of various elements, such as singing, dancing, martial arts and dialogues in Chinese.

Students of Ysgol Glan Clwyd Secondary School trying to make dumplings

Students of Ysgol Glan Clwyd Secondary School practicing Tai Chi Chuan under the guidance of Ms. Qi Ying, a teacher from the Confucius Institute at Cardiff University

The Institute also assisted the Millbrook Primary School in its open day activities for parents at the end of the semester. On that day, lots of students developed a keen interest in the facial masks of Peking Opera. Many of them waited in a long queue in front of the booth of facial mask painting and asked the teachers from the Institute to paint on their faces the facial patterns they had selected. On the lawn of the school, students learned Tai Chi Fan with deep interest. They were amazed at every movement by the Chinese teacher, who successfully demonstrated the legendary and superb Chinese martial arts through the powerful Tai Chi Fan movements.

At Ysgol Uwchradd Argoed High School in North Wales, the China Day activities on the theme of Tai Chi also attracted a lot of participants. On the same day, at the St. Davis Catholic College in Cardiff, the two-day Chinese Language Day events became the highlights of the International Language Day at this public catholic school. Teachers from the Confucius Institute, by making some careful preparations, designed a series of interactive and practical activities, such as a Chinese culture knowledge quiz, an introduction to Chinese language and experiencing Chinese calligraphy. The Chinese Classroom was not only well received by the teachers and students of this school, but also attracted many university students volunteering at the school to attend the lessons.

Students of St. Davis Catholic College competing with each other in the Chinese culture knowledge quiz under the guidance of Ms. Liu Bo, a teacher from Hanban

Since its inauguration in 2008, the Confucius Institute at Cardiff University has established a total of seven Confucius Classrooms across southern and northern Wales. In addition to providing Chinese language teaching to partner schools, the Institute also made full use of the International Language Day held at local primary and secondary schools at the end of the summer term every year and integrated Chinese language teaching with the promotion of Chinese culture to present wonderful language classes to the students of these schools.

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