TAG-Confucius Institute Students Achieve Excellent Results in the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Competition
AMMAN ---The Preliminary Round in Jordan of the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and the 9th “Great Wall-Petra Cup” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Jordanian College Students was held at Philadelphia University on May 9, 2018, which was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban in China and hosted by Chinese embassy in Jordan and Confucius Institute at Philadelphia University. Chinese ambassador HE Pan Weifang, the cultural counsellor Yang Ronghao, President of Philadelphia University Prof. Marwan Kamal,attended the competition. Ten students from TAG-Confucius Institute, the University of Jordan, Confucius Institute at Philadelphia University, Yarmouk University participated in the competition.
Chinese ambassador Pan Weifang said in his opening speech that there are many diligent and excellent college students and they are making contributions to Jordan by their own actions. The friendship between China and Jordan has a long history and there are many educational cooperative programs between the two countries. He hoped that the students can continue to make efforts to learn Chinese well and play important roles in the exchanges and cooperation in various fields between the two countries.
The competition consists of the speech with the theme of “One World, One Family”, questions and answers about Chinese national conditions and culture, and talent show. In the speech, some contestants talked about their life and study experience in many Arab countries; some told stories about their unforgettable journeys in China; some expressed their good wishes of a peaceful world.
During the question-answer section, the extensive and profound Chinese culture was condensed into a lot of questions concerning drama, ancient poems, painting, traditional festivals, pictograph, the Silk Road and the others.
The contestants make full use of their knowledge and showed a fantastic feast of Chinese language and culture.
Talent show was the most wonderful part. The contestants showed their best talents including guitar playing and singing, calligraphy, poem recitation, Taiji, dance, etc. and won the heated applause.
After fierce competition, Alaa from TAG-Confucius Institute won the second place by her accurate tones and clear articulation in her speech, deep knowledge-based reserve and amazing guitar playing and singing. She got the qualification to go to China in July this year to watch the “Chinese Bridge” final competition. Lara from TAG-Confucius Institute got the fourth place.
After the competition, Alaa expressed her wish to be a Chinese teacher and help more Jordanian people to learn Chinese language and culture.
“Chinese Bridge” competition provides a stage for youth to show their Chinese learning achievements and a platform to learn from and communicate with each other. It is also a good opportunity to test the results of Chinese teaching. The competition will further inspire the students’ enthusiasm and interest in learning Chinese and enhance their understanding of Chinese language and culture.