Final of 12th“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Thailand Held in Bangkok

[Source]    CRI Online, China Media Group [Time]    2019-08-12 14:57:56 
 

On August 2nd, the final round of the 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Thailand was held in Bangkok. The contest was hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters, and co-organized by the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, the Office of Vocational Education Commission, the Office of Basic Education Commission, the Office of Private Education Commission of the Ministry of Education of Thailand, and the Confucius Institute Headquarters Representative Office in Thailand.

Saroj Kho ChuanTiao, Consultant of the Vocational Education Commission, Peera Ruttanawijit, Deputy Secretary of the Basic Education Commission, Kawinkiaat Nonthapala, Deputy Secretary of the Private Education Commission, Song Ruoyun, First Secretary of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, Wang Huichang, Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Representative Office in Thailand, Liang Bing, Chairman of the Chinese School Association in Thailand, Luo Tieying, President of the Chinese Alumni Association in Thailand, the Chinese program officials in Ministry of Education of Thailand, Chinese Directors of the Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in Thailand and the reporters attended the event and watched the final contest with more than 400 teachers and students.


Delegate of the Ministry of Education of Thailand making an opening speech in the final

The theme of this year’s “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students is “Learning Chinese, Creating Brighter Future”. Fifteen finalists competing in the final round of the Thai regional contest were selected from more than 400 contestants of over 200 secondary schools in Thailand.

In his speech, Saroj said that the competition further deepened the pragmatic cooperation between the education departments of Thailand and China in promoting Chinese language teaching in Thailand, which will stimulate the enthusiasm of Thai students to learn Chinese and enhance the competitiveness of Thai students on the world stage.


Thai students’ talent show

The final round consisted of three parts, namely, written test, impromptu speech and talent show. The written test included basic knowledge of Chinese language and culture, aiming to test the use and mastery of Chinese language.

The impromptu speech centered around the theme of “Learning Chinese, Creating Brighter Future”. The contestants expressed their good wish for a brighter future of China and Thailand by telling their own stories.


Contestant making an impromptu speech

The talent show especially drew people’s attention and won thunder applause for performances such as Chinese folk dance, Chinese Kungfu, cross talk, clapper talk and instrumental performance.


The first-prize winner Yada performing traditional Chinese dance


Chinese kungfu performance


Clapper talk performance

Yada from Puayhua School, and Rosalin from Rayong Guanghua School won the first prize of Thai regional contest.


Prize awarding ceremony

The competition also opened an online vote channel with more than 510,000 netizens participated. Yada won the “Best Popular Contestant” award. Rosalin received a Hainan scenery culture experience tour sponsored by the Hainan Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports.


Group photo of guests and prize winners

During the competition, an exhibition of picture books themed “Chinese Stories in the Eyes of Thai Students” and a painting competition were held as well. The Thai children used their brushes to depict their Chinese stories with great creativity.


Chinese stories in the eyes of Thai students


Thai students participating the painting competition

Peera said at the closing ceremony that language promotes communication and deepens cooperation and that he sincerely hopes to work closely with the Confucius Institute to promote Chinese education in Thailand and to let Thai students have a more comprehensive understanding of China.

Story by Li Min, China Media Group

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