The Teacher of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, Jiang Jie  was Invited by International Student Coordinator  to  join the Christmas party  of  New  Brunswick  Anglophone South School District on 19th December.

Christmas party is one of the most important  and interesting  Christmas  activities, the party is held in st John's city bureau of education. Chinese teacher got the warm welcome from Miss Zoe ,the superintendent and introduced to everyone. Because the dinner food is Chinese food, many people were interested in the name of the Chinese dishes, the Chinese teacher introduced it and taught them. 

This party is for the staff of Anglophone South School District officers, Chinese teacher is the only foreign guest who was invited to participate in.

市教育局长Zoe 女士扮演的圣诞老太

Written by Jiang  Jie

I’m the first Chinese teacher of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick from China. For me, the year of 2013 has too many transitions, the biggest one is that I was sent to Saint John working by myself after my Thailand tenure.  Living and working alone in a strange city, from all the strangeness of this city on September to all the familiarity now,  I really experienced a lot .

First of all, life, you need to get everything done bravely by yourself. From the trifles of life, to know the traffic conditions of this city  to all kinds formalities of social insurance and medicare insurance, are all need solved by myself. I am very grateful that I have a brave heart and persistence,and two years’ experience in Thailand. 

For work, everything is starting from the beginning because I’m the only Chinese teacher in this city. I’m teaching  at Harbour view high school, Saint John High School and St. Malachy’s Memorial High School. The main content is Chinese traditional culture such as paper-cut Peking Opera and so on, at the same time,there will be taught some basic Chinese language. 

Because there is propagating lack before , the students don’t know they have the opportunity to learn Chinese . So I asked for broadcast the place and time of the club every time, I made posters including the time and place and contents of the class on the school publicity column in advance , I sent email to every teacher asking for help, I found the Chinese international students of the high school hoping them disseminate Chinese program. Hard work pays off, after a lot of efforts,there is a good development of Chinese clubs in this semester. 

Because of Thailand teaching experience for the similar age of students as here, I know how to catch the students attention and teach them. I try to keep the interest of the club : I taught them paper cutting, facial make-up of Beijing opera,and Chinese traditional food;sent them some interesting videos through email , communicated with them as friends. Many students are interested in learning Chinese ,they want to learn Chinese language ,so they wrote applications to principal. And we got the permission to increase the class. 

Written by Cao Xi

It’s three months since I arrived in Fredericton on September 3rd. In the short three months, I have experienced and grown a lot.

Park Street Elementary School is my first workplace which has about 450 students. This school has started Chinese classes for two years. The principal loves Chinese culture very much and support Chinese language and culture teaching strongly. He gave me two weeks to be familiar with the school environment. So I visited all classes from kindergarten to Grade 5 in the two weeks, and learned a lot from the local teachers’ classes.

I started teaching Chinese in this school on September 23rd. I made three teaching plan for the different grades. The students in the kindergarten are more active, and have no idea about classroom discipline, so I taught them some new words with the use of stories. I told them stories at the same time show the pictures in the story books through the PowerPoint. This way could attract the children’s attention very well, and let them learn Chinese in a relaxed atmosphere. The students in Grade 1 and Grade 2 have known a little about Chinese Pinyin, so after reviewing the Chinese Pinyin, I taught them the simple greetings and the names of common things. I have also taught them how to sing <Two Tigers> in Chinese. For the students in Grade 3、4、5, I not only taught them the simple conversation, but also some Chinese culture, at the same time I also taught them how to do some art projects. 

In the Park Street Elementary School, in addition to teaching Chinese language and culture, I also have my dance club to teach them Chinese national dance on every Tuesday. Now we are preparing for the performance of Chinese New Year. After hearing we would perform in the Play House during the Chinese New Year, all the girls were excited. And I also teach some boys Chinese Kung fu on every Thursday. In fact, I didn’t learn the dance and Kung fu that I taught in my club before, just for the sake of having a perfect performance, I tried my best to learn them by myself, and then taught them. I really thank for the experience which can turn me into a versatile girl.

Nashwaaksis Middle School is my second workplace which own about 700 students. There are 27 classes in all from Grade 6 to Grade 8. Different from Park Street Elementary School, it didn’t start Chinese class before, so it’s a real challenge for me.

It took over one month to make arrangement for the courses through communicating with the principal and the teachers constantly. And at last, 14 classes would learn Chinese, 5 classes in Grade 6, 5 classes in Grade 7 and 4 classes in Grade 8. Cause just 14 classes wanted to start Chinese class and it’s also the first time for them to learn Chinese, so what I should do is not only laying a good foundation of teaching Chinese language and culture in these 14 classes, but also spreading Chinese culture in a wider range of areas.

On December 19, Harbour View high school held a Christmas charity sale. 

Paper-cut works of Miss Jiang Jie , the Chinese teacher  of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick ,took part in this Christmas sale. These paper-cut works were mounted in the book marks , Christmas cards and picture frames in Chinese style. This special Chinese style loved by the masses of teachers and students,  and has sold more than ten works. 

Paper-cut works are divided into snow flake  lotus  and zodiac series. 

These works  not only reflect the Christmas atmosphere but also show the traditional culture such as the Chinese traditional zodiac culture. To participate in the activities shows the highlights of the traditional Chinese paper-cut, promotes  the traditional Chinese cultural treasure ,Deepens  the foreign students ’cognition to traditional Chinese culture .

 

 

 

On November 25th 2013, Confucius Institute in New Brunswick hosted the launch of Moncton’s world-renowned pianist Roger Lord’s CD Chinese Treasures at the Moncton Community Peace Center. The Mayor of the City of Moncton, Mr. George LeBlanc, the Consul General of the Chinese Consulate - General in Montreal, Ms Zhao Jiangping, and the Provincial Minister of Education, Ms Marie-Claude Blais attended this launch and addressed remarks.
The launch started with a wonderful Chinese traditional lion dances, followed by a Tai-chi Fan performance by Chinese volunteer teacher An Yang and her students. Dr. Roger Lord introduced the recording process of the Chinese Treasures CD in China, expressed his love of Chinese music. Then he played “Autumn Moon over a Clam Lake ", " Liuyang River", "Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon" and some other pieces of Chinese traditional classic music. His wonderful performance aroused lasting applauses from the audience for many times. After the performance, the audience tasted the Chinese traditional food and bought the CDs, enjoying both physically and spiritually. CBC shot the whole progress and interviewed the Confucius Institute students.

Roger Lord is the first non-Chinese pianist in the world to press a CD dedicated entirely to Chinese traditional music. Hailed as “The Piano Prince of Canada” by the China Daily in Beijing, Mr. Lord played his first concert in China in 1999. Since then, he has travelled to perform in most of the major cities around China for about 24 times. 

 The launch not only enhanced the Canadian public understanding of Chinese culture, especially Chinese traditional music, but also strengthened the cultural exchange between China and Canada. 

加拿大新布伦瑞克省孔子学院承办“中国音乐瑰宝”CD发布会

    2013年11月25日晚,加拿大新布伦瑞克省孔子学院承办了素有“加拿大钢琴王子”之称的著名钢琴家、蒙克顿大学教授罗杰•罗德(Roger Lord)先生的"中国音乐瑰宝"CD发布会。此次发布会在蒙克顿市著名的Community Peace Center举行。包括新布伦瑞克省前省长在内的当地各界名流共二百多人来到发布会现场。中华人民共和国驻加拿大蒙特利尔总领事赵江平女士、蒙克顿市市长George LeBlanc先生、加拿大新布伦瑞克省教育部长Marie-Claude Blais 女士应邀出席并致辞。