Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at University of Al Azhar Indonesia hosts competitions of the Association for Promotion of Chinese Language Teaching in Indonesia

[Source]    Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at University of Al Azhar Indonesia [Time]    2015-11-18 17:11:55 
 

On November 7th, 2015, the 1st “Star of Chinese” Competition, hosted by Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at University of Al Azhar Indonesia and co-hosted by the Association for Promotion of Chinese Language Teaching in Indonesia, was held in Jakarta, attracting 107 contestants from seven universities in the Jakarta region. Over 30 guests attended the competition and the award ceremony, including Ms. Declah from the National Museum of Indonesia; Mr. S. Suryadi. H from Indonesia-China Friendship Association; Ms. Li Qiaoyan from the Association for Promotion of Chinese Language Teaching in Indonesia; Mr. Lubis, Vice-Rector of the University of Al Azhar Indonesia as well as persons in charge of Chinese language teaching and representatives of Chinese language teachers from universities in Jakarta.

This competition consisted of four contests, namely, Chinese character dictation, Chinese-Indonesian translation, Chinese pen calligraphy and Chinese recitation. Each contestant was allowed to either take part in one of these contests only or an all-round one comprised by these four contests. The first three contests took the form of written tests, and after the Chinese language teachers marked the test papers, the scores of all the contestants were shown on the bulletin board. In the Chinese recitation contest, contestants needed to select one from five given modern poems and were given three minutes for their recitation. The judges evaluated the performance of the contestants based on criteria like recitation skills, aesthetic appeal of recitation, familiarity with the poem and personal image. After fierce competition, Efah from Universitas Bunda Mulia and Melina from Bina Nusantara University won the champions of the all-round competition and were awarded with the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Confucius Institute Summer Camp or Winter Camp in China free of charge.

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A contestant affectionately reciting in the recitation contest

Ms. Yuan Ling, a senior hostess from Metro TV of Indonesia, summarized and commented on this competition on behalf of the judges. She affirmed all the contestants’ painstaking efforts in their preparation for this competition and encouraged them to continue to work hard on learning Chinese without being unduly elated by victory or depressed by defeat, so as to bring their Chinese proficiency to a higher level.

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Mr. Jin Hongyue, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia and Mr. Zirmansyah, Vice-Rector of the University of Al Azhar Indonesia presenting awards to first-prize winners in the all-round competition

On the day of the competition, the Pusat Bahasa Mandarin also hosted the “Exhibition of China-Indonesia People-to-People Exchange and Achievements of Confucius Institutes”. Mr. Jin Hongyue, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia; Ms. Sri from Department of Education of Jakarta; Ms. Declah from the National Museum of Indonesia and Mr. Zirmansyah, Vice-Rector of the University of Al Azhar Indonesia, attended the opening ceremony and presented awards to winners of the “Star of Chinese” all-round competition.

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Contestants taking a group photo with the calligraphy teacher

In the intervals when the contestants were waiting for the results, the Pusat Bahasa Mandarin arranged some culture-learning activities about Chinese calligraphy writing and Chinese knots making. The participants were either guided by renowned Indonesian calligraphers to imitate Chinese characters, or were carefully studying the skills in making Chinese knots with the help of the teachers. Many local visitors at the museum also joined them to learn and practice. All these brought the strong Chinese “charm” to the National Museum of Indonesia, a palace of culture with over 140 years of history.

 
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