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05 August 2009
Sixth Formers from Cathays High School were joined by staff from the Confucius Institute for a special week-long series of workshops in Chinese language and culture.
The students received intensive training in Mandarin Chinese and various aspects of Chinese culture. These include calligraphy, Taiji and traditional cooking.
The week concluded with Cathays High School and the Confucius Institute joining students from nine other Welsh schools to participate in the 10th Welsh International Dimension in Education (WIDE) Award Day. This annual event, organised by the British Council Wales with support from Welsh Assembly Government, enabled the award-winning schools to share a full day of Chinese Cultural activities. The week’s events contributed towards the sixth formers’ Welsh Baccalaureate programme.
Ali Chishti, Community Languages teacher at the school, said: "The length of the sessions was perfect, it kept pupils engaged. Pupils gained a greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese Culture and Language. It was an excellent, well planned week."
One of the pupils, Ilwad Younis, said: "I really enjoyed learning to write with Chinese Calligraphy and practicing with my own name. I also enjoyed learning the actual language of Chinese and having short conversations with my peers. Taiji is something I also really enjoyed."
Professor Siyi Fu, the Educational Director of the Confucius Institute at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: "The ‘China week’ was a pilot programme targeted at secondary school pupils involving 30 sixth-formers. It proved a great success, and it is expected that similar events will be organized for more local schools next year."
For further information on the Confucius Institute’s work with schools please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/confuciusinstitute or ring 029 2087 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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