Student from Confucius Institute in Peru wins final of 1st Chinese Speech Contest for Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in Latin America and Caribbean

[Source]    Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center [Time]    2016-10-11 12:56:14 
 

On the morning of September 8th, local time, hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and China International Publishing Group, organized by Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center and China Today magazine, the final of the first Chinese Speech Contest for Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in Latin America and the Caribbean was held as scheduled in Santiago, Chile. From the very beginning of the competition, ten finalists from seven countries showcased their respective Chinese proficiency,vying with each other to win the final, which pushed the contest to its exciting climax once and again. After the fierce competition, the contestant Saby Marina Tesen Chang with Chen Xiaona as her Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at University of Piura, Peru, eventually secured the top spot, becoming the champion of this Chinese Speech Contest.


The winner of this Chinese Speech Contest, Saby Marina Tesen Chang with Chen Xiaona as her Chinese name

Centering on the core principles of oral expression and cultural presentation, this Chinese Speech Contest was composed of four sections, namely, free speech, wording and phrasing, picture description and talent show. In the free speech section, the contestants Alfonso Romero Garza with Guo Aoli as his Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at Autonomic University of New Leon, Mexico, and Jacqueline Giselle Haedo Sanso with Ya Kailin as her Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at the University of Habana, Cuba, deeply touched the judges and the audience by sharing their stories about China and the Chinese language as well as the changes in their lives since they started to learn Chinese, which won waves of warm applause.


The contestant Alfonso Romero Garza with Guo Aoli as his Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at Autonomic University of New Leon, Mexico


The contestant Jacqueline Giselle Haedo Sanso with Ya Kailin as her Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at the University of Habana, Cuba

The wording and phrasing and picture description sections examined the contestants’ Chinese language competence in the usage of Chinese vocabulary under specific circumstances, which reflected their oral Chinese proficiency in authentic situations. The contestants spared no effort to compete with each other in the contest. Among them, Keta Carolina Isern Arrospide with Yao Hui as her Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University, Peru, told a fascinating and vivid story about the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival and its important place in Chinese culture through a picture of Zongzi (traditional Chinese rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves). Her ingenious choice of words and fluent expression eventually won her the highest score in this section.


The contestant Keta Carolina Isern Arrospide with Yao Hui as her Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at University of Ricardo Palma


The contestant André Calazans Evelim Coelho with An Di as his Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at University of Brasilia

In the talent show, the contestants staged a variety of performances including singing, dancing, reading and playing musical instruments, in a bid to showcase their affection and feelings for Chinese culture in multiple forms and at various levels. The contestant André Calazans Evelim Coelho with An Di as his Chinese name from the Confucius Institute at University of Brasilia, attractively read aloud Tsemon Hsu’s (Xu Zhimo) classic poem “Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again” in a gentle and slow tone and with affectionate expression, which made the audience completely immersed in the beauty of poetry.

In the afternoon, the award ceremony was held at the Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center. Mr. Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, former President of the Republic of Chile, Chilean Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Asia Pacific and Honorary Chairman of the Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center; Mr. Li Baorong, Chinese Ambassador to Chile; Mr. Hu Baomin, President of China Today magazine and Mr. Jaime Vatter, President of University of Santo Tomas in Chile as well as guests from Chilean Ministry of Education and Foreign Affairs attended and addressed the award ceremony.


Mr. Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, former President of the Republic of Chile, delivering his speech

Mr. Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, at the outset, extended congratulations on the complete success of this Chinese Speech Contest and expressed excitement over so many high-level talents for the Chinese language. It not only demonstrates that the Latin American people attach great importance to China, but also reflects the increasing cultural exchanges between China and Latin America as well as China and Chile.


Chinese Ambassador to Chile Li Baorong making his remarks

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Li Baorong pointed out that there was a huge demand for a large number of language talents to continuously deepen China-Latin American Relations. Confucius Institutes are dedicated to training high-level talents who understand the Chinese language and China, providing strong intellectual support for bilateral development in the future.

President Hu Baomin of China Today magazine noted that after decades of efforts, China Today magazine has gained a wide reputation in Latin America. He pledged to join hands with the Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center and to expand cooperation projects, contributing to the bilateral cultural exchanges between China and Latin America.

In her remarks at the event, the contestant Yao Hui expressed that this contest provided an excellent platform for the Chinese language learners in Latin America to compete and communicate with each other and also to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Through mutual communication, they have found ways to improve their learning efficiency and made greater determination to learn the Chinese language and Chinese culture.