Interesting Moments of 2019 Chinese Bridge - UK Mandarin Excellence Programme Intensive Study in China

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-07-25 11:33:52 

As the second batch of students of “Mandarin Excellence Programme” initiated by the British government, nearly 850 junior high school students from British public schools have successfully completed the two-week “2019 Chinese Bridge - UK Mandarin Excellence Programme Intensive Study in China” at ten universities in seven cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Jinan, Xi’an, Shenyang and Kunming),. The Confucius Institute Headquarters and the British Council arranged the events in China.

The British children who have struck little sparks of Chinese in their hearts will continue to learn Chinese and Chinese culture when they return to the UK and look forward to one day returning to the origin of Chinese language and culture with fluent Chinese.


Led by Beijing Foreign Studies University, more than 80 British students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Christ’s College Finchley, Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre, Shevington High School and Upton Hall School went to the junior high school campus of BFSU Foreign Language School, where they participated in wonderful fellowship activities and Chinese language exchange activities with their Chinese peers.

They two feel like old friends at the first sight!

Guided by teachers from the University of International Business and Economics, 46 British students from Anglo European School and St Mary Magdalene Academy went to the Temple of Heaven. The British students conducted face-to-face interviews with Chinese tourists using the Chinese they learned in class. The tourists were amazed by their fluent Chinese.

The young British students’ fluent Chinese winning praise from Chinese uncle

The 46 British students stationed at All Hallows Catholic College and Kingsford Community School at Beijing Language and Culture University had experienced the unique teaching advantages of Beijing Language and Culture University known as “Little United Nations”. And their four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing had been greatly improved.

“Look at the class schedule I wrote in Chinese, not bad, right?”


Shanghai International Studies University and its affiliated high school led more than 140 British students from Christopher Whitehead Language College & Sixth Form, Cowley International College, Dartford Grammar School, The Crossley Heath School and UCL Academy through the streets of Shanghai and experienced the charm of the oriental international metropolis.

The “Oriental Pearl Tower” that I saw on the textbook is so cool.

East China Normal University brought an immersive “Chinese Square Dancing” experience to more than 60 British students from Lyng Hall School, Finham Park School and Finham Park 2, which exposed British children to contemporary Chinese folk culture while learning Chinese traditional culture.

“Square dancing is so interesting. No wonder it’s all the rage in China!”


Xihua University received nearly 100 British students from St. Catherine’s College, St Gregory’s Bath, St Joseph’s College, Fortismere School, Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre and Hove Park School, who have experienced the profound Chinese food culture in the Sichuan cuisine culture that has swept the world. Taking the essence of teaching through lively activities, the teacher demonstrated the operation of convenient hot pot for British students in Chinese. The students also watched how the chef cooked the most authentic Kung Pao Chicken.

“Is this instant hot pot spicy?”“It’s so spicy, but I can’t stop!”

“Did you get it?”“It’s too fast, but I’ve taken videos. When I go back to the UK, I will let my mother learn to do it.”


Shandong University offered a comprehensive Chinese language and culture study tour for more than 100 British students at Mayfield Grammar School Gravesend, Queen Mar’s High School, Queen Mary’s Grammar school and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. In addition to communicating with friends of the same age in the Second Middle School of Licheng District of Jinan, they also went to Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, and visited the newly established Confucius Museum and the Confucius Institute Headquarters Experience Base.

“Do let me know the next time you come to England!”“OK, I have some questions about my English study and I wish I could ask you.”

Touching the Analects carved on the wall by hand seems to have a deeper understanding.


Xi’an International Studies University received more than 130 British students from Bohunt School, BohuntWorthing, Melbourn Village College, Alexandra Park School and Beths Grammar School. During their two weeks in Xi’an, the children experienced the characteristics of the Han and Tang dynasties, and got close to a series of traditional Chinese culture through classroom learning and field visits. Xi’an International Studies University also held a flea market with local characteristics for British students to enjoy the fun of “bargaining” in Chinese.

At a young age, he can play the zither skillfully.

“Boss, I really only have five yuan, please sell it to me!”


Shenyang Normal University offered more than 30 British students from Bay House School and Evelyn Grace Academy multi-dimensional experiences ranging from literature to martial arts, from classroom to extracurricular. Not only did the children try out traditional Chinese Musical Instruments, but they also learned Chinese martial arts systematically in the gymnasium.

“Teacher, are you sure you can knock out so many tempos with just these two sticks?”

Everyone’s movements are quite standard, and it seems that they are quite savvy about Chinese martial arts.


More than 60 British students from Didcot Girls’School, Gumley House Convent School and Lambeth Academy experienced the unique multi-ethnic culture of “Spring City” during the two-week study at Yunnan University. From the rich Dian Opera culture to the colorful old street culture, the British children have learned more about the profound Chinese civilization. Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, also participated in the camp’s closing ceremony and issued a completion certificate for the campers!

A full set of Dian Opera costumes is enough to become lifetime good memories for the kids.

The “semi-hidden” that Chinese teachers often talked about is such a beautiful pose.

We completed our course!

In addition to so many wonderful moments, the lovely British children also recorded good memories with paper and pencil.

“I have enjoyed my 2 week study in Chengdu and it has changed my perception on peoples’ culture and lifestyle. This has been an eye opener and a door opener for future career and life-changing opportunities.”

“Thank you very much to the staff who participated in holding the events and made it possible for many of us to realize our dreams of coming to China. I hope one day I can go back to China and weave my own Chinese story.”


The “Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for Secondary School Students” programme is a Chinese language and culture experience branded project for overseas secondary school students held by the Confucius Institute Headquarters every summer. It aims to enhance communication between Chinese and foreign young students, deepen the understanding and personal experience of Chinese language and culture among secondary school students from all over the world, so as to stimulate their enthusiasm in learning Chinese. The “Chinese Bridge - UK Mandarin Excellence Programme Intensive Study in China” organized in cooperation with the British side is specially planned in response to the British Government’s “Mandarin Excellence Programme”, and the project started in 2018.

The “Mandarin Excellence Programme” is a Chinese education and teaching project announced by the Department for Education of the UK in 2016. The Department for Education of the UK spent 10 million pounds to develop the “Mandarin Excellence Programme” in England. The project aims to develop Chinese education and teaching staff in the secondary school in England, and to summarize the practical experience and good practices of Chinese education and teaching. The “Mandarin Excellence Programme”, launched in 2016, aims to select a total of 5,000 students in the seventh grade of English secondary school (about the first grade of Chinese secondary school) by 2020, teach them Chinese for four consecutive years and make them participate in Chinese activities, so that they can reach a high level of Chinese and participate in relevant Chinese exams. From 2016 to 2018, British secondary schools participating in the project have incorporated Chinese curriculum as an important part of the school curriculum system under the guidance of the project. All project students need to complete at least eight hours of Chinese curriculum per week. The “Chinese Bridge - UK Mandarin Excellence Programme Intensive Study” is one of the core components of the “Mandarin Excellence Programme”. The Confucius Institute at the University College London, Institute of Education take the main charge of the organization and teaching support for this project. The Confucius Institute Headquarters collaborated with the British Council to complete the organization and implementation of the project in China. During the period of 2018-2020, a total of 3,200 English students have come to China for in-depth experience and study of Chinese language and culture.


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