Confucius Institute at the University of Al Azhar Indonesia celebrates the Happy Chinese Day

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University [Time]    2015-04-29 18:45:55 

On March 25, the Confucius Institute at the University of Al Azhar Indonesia (UAI) celebrated the Happy Chinese Day by holding events open to the public on its campus. The participants totaled more than 200 people, including students from Sunpah Pemuda High School, Yapemri Depok Vocational High School and other four schools; students from the Language School of the Indonesian National Police Headquarters and the Training Center of Indonesian Ministry of Defense; and teachers and students from the Department of Chinese at UAI.

The celebration kicked off with the Chinese folk dance Huan Tian Xi Di (Full of Joy). Under the guidance of volunteer teachers from the Confucius Institute, students from the Department of Chinese at UAI impressed the whole audience with their skillful dancing moves and the vigor of youth.

In order to better assist the absolute beginners, teachers from the Confucius Institute integrated Chinese characters with martial arts and traditional Chinese music. Firstly, the volunteer teachers explained the evolution of Chinese characters from pictograms to modern simplified characters and taught the students how to infer the forms of Chinese characters from their meanings. Secondly, the teachers used movements of martial arts to explain the forms of characters based on their pictographic features. Finally the teachers introduced the students to Chinese phonetics by combining traditional Chinese music with Chinese intonation. In just half an hour, the students appreciated the features of Chinese characters and the charm of Chinese culture, and they even learnt to greet others and express love in Chinese.

After the Chinese class, the students gathered around the teachers of the Confucius Institute and attentively learned how to tie a Chinese knot and use a writing bush. The exhibition area for the costumes of Chinese ethnic groups also attracted many participants to take photos and talk with the costume-wearing students from the Department of Chinese at UAI. The one-hour interactive session ended soon and proved to be productive —with all those beautiful Chinese knots, pieces of calligraphy, etc. The judges evaluated the works and selected the excellent ones for exhibition. At last, the activity was concluded by a chorus performance presented by the choir of the Department of Chinese at UAI.

All the participants showed great interest in this event and expressed their hopes that they could have more communicative opportunities with the Confucius Institute so as to further their Chinese language studies and experience more of Chinese culture in the future.


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