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Funwith Chinese, Energy ofYouth
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- The Fourth“Chinese Bridge”Chinese Proficiency Competition
for Foreign Secondary School Students Held In Chongqing
动瞬间
精彩的表演引得台
下掌声不断
144
张年轻的
笑脸齐喊
快乐汉语
青春
有约
”,
相约再聚中国
汉语桥
世界中学生中
文比赛面向外国在校中学生
赛事自
2008
年开始
每年举
办一届
参赛国家逐年递增
从最初的
24
个到今年的
43
本届比赛成为历届赛事
中参赛国别最多
规模最大
的一届
(程也)
“I really hope to wear cheongsam a few
more days in China,” said Essam Paula Aline,
a German girl and the winner for the best
individual performance award and the best
creation award at the fourth “Chinese Bridge”
Chinese Proficiently Competition for Foreign
Secondary School Students. She was leaving
China for her home.
From October 18 to 30, 144 high school
students from 43 countries outshined the other
contestants in their own countries and gathered
in China’s Chongqing for the final competi-
tion hosted by Hanban (Confucius Institute
Headquarters). During the three programs of
“Chinese Carnival,” “Compete in Supermarket”
and “Colorful Arena,” the students showed their
Chinese cultural talent and demonstrated their
Chinese language skills. They also experienced
the common Chinese people’s life through
home stay. After heated competition, the award
of the best group performance went to the Ca-
From November 4-11 this year, 420 prima-
ry and high school principals and educational
officials from 45 U.S. States visited China for
the program “Chinese Bridge for American
shools: New Development”. Director-General
of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confu-
cius Institute Headquarters Mrs. Xu Lin and
Robert S. Wang, Deputy Chief of Mission at
Embassy Beijing attended the welcome party
and delivered speeches.
During their trip, the U.S. principals and
officials visited Hanban (Confucius Institute
Headquarters), where the two sides held a sem-
inar on how to carry out Chinese education
and launch Chinese language programs in U.S.
schools. After the stay in Beijing, the delegates
headed for seven provinces or municipalities to
attend educational forums, visit local primary
and high schools and conduct exchanges with
Chinese teachers and students.
nadian team and the awards of the best individ-
ual performance were claimed by Essam Paula
Aline, Sae-Yang Wansan and Lophongpanit
Thunyachart, both fromThailand.
At the closing ceremony of the competition,
the participants shared their experience and
achievement through the performance of clap-
per talk and sitcom. Their excellent perform-
ance won frequent applause from the audience.
At the end of the ceremony, all the 144 young
students uttered aloud the theme of this com-
petition: Fun with Chinese, Energy of Youth.
The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency
Competition for Foreign Secondary School
Students is open to all foreign Secondary
school students. The event has been held an-
nually since 2008. The number of the com-
petitors’ nationalities was increased from 24 in
the first competition to 43 of this year which
saw the largest one in terms of participants’
nationalities and number.
(Cheng Ye)
Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquar-
ters) and the U.S. College Board have been
co-organizing “Chinese Bridge for American
Schools” to promote exchanges between China
and the United States. Under the program,
400 to 800 primary and high school principals
as well as educational officials in the United
States are invited to visit China for a week
every year. During the trip, they can experience
Chinese culture, visit Chinese primary and
high schools, and establish sister-school rela-
tionship and state-province partnership.
So far, more than 3,000 U.S. educational of-
ficials and principals have visited China through
this program, and 75 Confucius Institutes and
276 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in
the United States. Over 1,000 U.S. universities
have Chinese majors and over 4,000 primary
and high schools offer Chinese courses.
At the first round of China-U.S. High-level
Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in
April 2010, both leaders initiated the program
which offered 10,000 scholarships for Ameri-
cans who wish to study in China. The “Chinese
Bridge for American Schools” is an important
part of the program.
(Cheng Ye)
NEWS FROM THE HEADQUARTERS
EVENT
2011“Chinese Bridge for American Schools”
Takes aNewStep
EVENT
Confucius Institute
VOLUME 17 | NO.6 NOV. 2011
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Photo by Xiu Boming