CINB joins Asian Heritage Month activity
2015 May Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony of Saint John,New Brunswick was held at Market Square on May 3rd . Ms Jing Teng, the Director of CINB leading all teachers and students attended this activity .
Martial art teacher,Mr. Fei Fazhou and CINB students performed “Taichi” show. As the beautiful music on, students started to sing the Chinese folk song <Jasmine Flower>, at the same time, Mr. Fei was playing Tai Ji in the center of the stage. Cooperating part , Shandong educational department and Qufu Normal University offered pretty Chinese traditional costume to teachers and students.The perform got a very great success .
The Chinese culture exhibition of CINB filled with students’ cultural projects ,Chinese knitting,writing brush papers,Taichi Fan ,facial mask and so on,which attracted people coming to see. Many people tried to write Chinese calligraphy, put on facial mask, and read the books . Mr. Bernard J. Cormier , the cultural Affairs officer of Saint John and the City Counselor also came to the exhibition to acknowledge and talked about Confucius and Chinese culture with Chinese teachers.
May was declared Asian Heritage Month by the government of Canada in December 2001,acknowledging the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Attending this activity not only enhanced the visibility of the Confucius Institute publicity, but also offered local Canadians more opportunity to touch and learn traditional Chinese culture
2015年5月3日， 加拿大新布伦瑞克省圣约翰市在市中心的Market square 举行一年一度的五月亚洲文化节。新布伦瑞克省孔子学院外方院长滕菁女士带领孔院教师及学生参加活动。
孔院的中国文化展台上摆满了中国结，笔墨纸砚，太极扇，脸谱等极具中国特色的物件，及孔院学生精心制作的文化展板，不断吸引人们来观看欣赏。很多人在孔院教师及学生的指导下尝试学习中国书法，试戴中国脸谱，更有对中国有了解研究的人们翻看中国旅游书籍 及中国地图。 圣约翰市文化部部长Bernard J. Cormier先生及圣约翰市议员也来到展台前欣赏中国传统文化， 并与孔院老师热烈讨论孔子儒家及中国传统文化。
CINB Celebrated Chinese New Year in Saint John
Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese traditional festival. As the most important part of Chinese culture broadcast,the Chinese teacher from CINB held a series of activities to celebrate Chinese New Year in Saint John City.
Celebrating Chinese New Year in High Schools
The Chinese teacher Jie Jiang is teaching two high schools at present. Spring Festival is the most important traditional festival for Chinese people.In order to making students know more about traditional Chinese culture , Miss Jiang planned the spring Festival theme culture week activities . The theme includes different Chinese cultures, just like spring festival stories, paper cutting ,making new year card ,sending red envelops and watching CCTV New Year Gala. The also made a celebration around the school to introduce Spring Festival culture.
Attending Chinese New Year Gala
On Feb21st,2015,The Chinese New Year Gala of Saint John was held at River Cross church . Miss Yan Suli, the Consul of the Chinese Consulate-General in Montreal ，Mr. Norton the mayor of Saint john city attended the gala. The Chinese teacher Jie Jiang from CINB leading the students attended the performance. The students brought Chinese song” Where is spring” and the teacher was the MC with the standard Chinese pronunciation , they received public praise from the audience.
This is the second time CINB attending Saint John Chinese New Year Gala performance.It’s not only making more and more local Canadian people know CINB but also making the students taste traditional Chinese food ,experience traditional Chinese culture.
CINB JOINED CHINESE NEW YEAR GALA IN MONCTON
On Feb.21st, 2015, Chinese New Year was celebrated in Bernice McNaughton High School, where the first Chinese course was set up by Mrs. Teng Jing. The gala attracted nearly 5oo audiences. Mr. Yang Qing, consul, consulate-general of China in Montreal, Mr. Robert Goguen, deputy mayor of Moncton, Yvon Lapierre, mayor of Dieppe attended the gala and each delivered a speech.
Led by volunteer Chinese teacher Miss Mou, 24 kids from two different schools played a skit called Chinese Zodiac Story. This elaborate combination of Chinese martial arts, Chinese folk music, Chinese dance and Chinese mythologies caught the attention of all the audiences. Mrs. Jane Trainor, who works as an art teacher in Bessbough Elementary School did all the facial make-up work for the performers. The most eye-catching figure was Dr. Su Ruini, who acted as the Jade Emperor in the skit. Having been learning Chinese for nearly 6 years, she won a warm applause for her precise mandarin pronunciation from both the Chinese and Canadian audiences. Mrs. Teng Jing delivered a short speech sending new year greeting to everyone and gave the audiences Chinese calendar as gifts.
A brand new year symbolizes new outlook. We believe that with the joint efforts from CINB and local government, a bridge which promotes the mutual understanding and corporation between Chinese and Canadians will be built.
My First Experience of Teaching Chinese in Miramichi
Written by Zhang Xiaoyu
November 26th, 2014, after a 21hours' journey, I finally reached Miramichi，a small city in New Brunswick where I would start my teaching as the Chinese teacher by myself. The principal gave me the period before Christmas to observe other teachers' classes and get familiar with the environment. During this period, I began to know and love the small city and learn to be grateful.
The school principal Jennifer, a smart, capable, and nice lady, encouraged me to participate in various social activities in and out of the school, and actively integrate with my new colleagues. And because of her, I met Donald, Jane, John, Juxia and many other friends. In my spare time, I talked with them about China, taught them to appreciate and savor green tea and to use chopsticks. And on snow days, John and I made snowman together, and cook Chinese food. I had just learned how to make dumplings before going abroad, but to thank my friends, I spent a lot of time making dumplings for them, very tired yet very happy. And my first Christmas Day in Canada is unforgettable, my friends and I prepared gifts for each other, and shared happiness with each other, just as a Chinese saying goes “Roses given, fragrance in hand.” The winter of 2014 was special, full of love and warmth.
In 2015, with love and encouragement form my family and friends, I began the arduous challenge of teaching in Harkin Middle School, which is a bilingual school with both English and French courses. I was the first Chinese teacher in this school, and their understanding of China is very limited. As a layman in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, all that I can do is to start early and work hard. Before my teaching, I prepared the whole semester's teaching plan and adjusted it as needed.
I was given the chance to teach the top students in Grade 6,Grade 7 and Grade 8 in their social study class. My teaching plan has 2 major parts: the Chinese language class and the Chinese Culture experience class. In the Chinese language class, I teach the kids Pinyin, which is the phonetic alphabets of the Chinese characters, or simply speaking, the sound of Chinese characters. Because each Chinese character is accompanied by Pinyin, it’s a very basic and crucial part, for the students to learn. In order to help them learn Pinyin well, I compare the Chinese Pinyin with English letters in terms of the place of articulation and the manner of articulation. Sometimes, songs and nursery rhymes are used to make it easier and more interesting. Besides Pinyin, the students learn some basic and simple Chinese characters, a kind of pictorial symbols, and you are not just writing them, but more like drawing them. And, in the Chinese language class, students can also learn some simple spoken Chinese. For example, how to greet people in Chinese, how to ask and answer questions about people’s age, how to describe a person in Chinese, how to describe your room, how to distinguish the Chinese money and learn kinship terms in Chinese, and some common terms in Chinese, etc..
Park Street Elementary School Celebrated Chinese New Year
On Feb.18th,2015, Park Street School held Chinese New Year Gala, more than 450 teachers and students were involved in this joyful activity. Miss Heather Wallace, the representative of CINB was invited and addressed remarks. She also taught the students how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese in the process of her speech which won a warm applause.
Chinese New Year is a big event for Park Street, every year they attach great importance to this. This event was organized by Miss Xi Cao, the Volunteer Chinese Teacher of CINB and three local teachers in Park Street.
At the beginning of the event, the two MC who are the students in Grade 5 introduced some Chinese typical custom about Chinese New Year. And then Miss Xi and her dance club students performed a Chinese traditional umbrella dance titled <Jasmine Flower> and a handkerchief dance called <La Meizi> which sparked a very joyful atmosphere. The music teacher, Mrs. Wilson led the students perform two songs titled ‘Yangtze River’ and ‘Feng Yang Song’. Both of them were about Chinese culture. The highlight of the show came from Mr. Fazhou Fei, the Kung Fu Teacher of CINB, who performed Tai Ji sword and won a warm applause and cheers. Also, he was joined by Mme. Aube and a group of Park Street Students performed <Tai Ji> which had been performed in the Play House for Chinese New Year Gala of Fredericton.
At last, the small trivia quiz about Chinese New Year culture done by Miss Xi set off the last upsurge for the activity. The students who answered the question won the Chinese red envelops with special gifts inside. The whole event got a complete success.
——written by Cao Xi