Confucius Institute 2021 Mandarin Summer School
On 19th-23rd July, the Confucius Institute at Bangor University hosted an intense online Chinese language and culture summer school. Each day comprised of two Mandarin lessons, a Chinese culture lesson, as well as time to work on independent or group projects. On the final day, the students presented their projects (including a mixture of dialogue tasks, Chinese-language comics, and even a recipe!) and enjoyed a three-round quiz demonstrating thow much they have learned over the week.
Ten students attended the summer school with one student joining us all the way from Poland! Some had previously attended Chinese lessons, but others were complete beginners who astonishingly were able to learn to speak and write basic introductions in Mandarin language as well as complete superb research projects!
We received brilliant feedback, with 100% of feedback rating the course ‘Excellent’:
‘I found the teachers very helpful, and the topics discussed very interestingly. Thank you.’
‘I really enjoyed the course and learning about Chinese culture. Thank you to everyone who presented the classes and for organising it.’
Eleanor Huskinson-Smith got creative with her project, writing and illustrating a comic to showcase her language skills:
Another student wrote a detailed introduction/biography:
Confucius Institute Director Lina Davitt said: ‘We are delighted that the students had such a positive experience. We usually hold an Annual Summer Camp in China, and this was the first Online Summer School for us, so we made sure that the content was appealing and engaging, and the students had the opportunity to learn practical information about the Chinese language and culture, and demonstrate their creative skills with their projects.’
Publication date: 12 August 2021