1.Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University visiting CINB
On October 5th, Guo Zhaoyang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at St. Mary’s University, and three teachers came to the CINB for a field visit. Accompanied by our directors, they visited Hillcrest School, West Riverview Elementary School and Riverview High School. Sun Xiaojao, a volunteer teacher, combined singing with dancing in the kindergarten, teaching colors via Chinese Kungfu fans and oil-paper umbrellas; in primary school classes, she taught Chinese geography and colors though the game of drawing maps.
Liu Xiaowei taught children how to design and color panda-T-shirts by concretizing the abstract Chinese moire into triangle, circle and square in her kindergarten art classes. She systematically compared China National Day and Canada Day in Grade 5, while in the high school she put stress on language knowledge.
Picture Description:Watching a high school football game
After the visit, Guo Zhaoyang wrote a letter to Teng Jing, expressing his gratitude to all the teachers and students of CINB, admiring the development of the Chinese program in NB. CINB also expressed its expectation for next exchange and visit.
2. Directors of the Confucius Institute supervised the teaching of new volunteers
From November 11th to 18th, the two directors of CINB supervised the Chinese teaching of new volunteers in class, and put forward constructive suggestions and expectations on their teaching content, teaching form and school activities.
“Learning Chinese via singing and dancing”
Since Grade 5 students in West Riverview Elementary School has had some ideas of Chinese culture, Xu Mengke, a Chinese volunteer teacher, focused on language teaching in this semester. In the class on October 11th, she used the animated children’s song “Good Morning, Good Night” to teach greetings, and helped children vividly understand and quickly remember them with gestures.
“Chinese food culture teaching”
The Chinese project was set up in Riverview East School for the first time. The course theme of October 16th was food culture. After an introduction through images and videos, the teacher taught children Chinese table manners and to use chopsticks. In Riverview East School, there are only six weeks and 30 minutes per week for the Chinese course in each class. How can the teacher help children know Chinese culture as much as possible in six lessons? In view of this situation, the directors communicated with the principal of the school and advised the teacher to brief the Chinese lectures. Experience should be prior to explaining. The teachers should make full use of concrete things to help children learn about China.
“Teaching Chinese by Erhu”
On October 18th, Chen Zhisheng, a Chinese volunteer teacher in Connaught Street School in Fredericton, taught students in the kindergarten numbers from 1-5. He started his class with a piece of Erhu music, which attracted the attention of the children immediately. Then his interpretation of every number contained a cultural point. Chen Zhisheng had obtained level-ten certificate of Erhu, thus according to his talent characteristics, the director proposed that he formed his own unique teaching system of Erhu elements: Taking Erhu as the path radiating its influence, depicting the image of Chinese culture for children in the music, perfecting the class through fully combining it with children’s nature.
3. CINB participated in the anniversary celebration of Troy University
From October 12th to 14th, Teng Jing was invited to attend a series of anniversary celebrations of Confucius Institute at Troy University. She spoke cordially with Dr. Dasinger, the senior vice president of Troy University, and delivered a speech at the Alabama Chinese Language Teachers Association Forum.
Teng Jing introduced the establishment and development of the trilingual school in New Brunswick in Canada. She said it was the result of the continuous exploration and integration of Confucius Institute, which seized the opportunities and made progress over the years. She also shared many advanced experiences and ideas of Chinese teaching. More importantly, the meeting helped CINB learn from the experiences of other excellent Confucius Institutes to improve itself, deepened the friendship between the two Confucius Institutes and laid a solid foundation for further cooperation.
4. New platform for New Brunswick, new courier station for Shandong
On October 19th, the Tourism Promotion Conference targeted at “Visiting Shandong and Experiencing Confucian Culture” was held in Ottawa. Teng Jing was invited to attend the conference.
This event was held by Shandong Tourism Development Committee. Yan Xiangjun, Director of the Marketing Department of the Committee, led Shandong travel agencies to the Confucius Institute at Carlton Unversity. Nearly 70 people from China and Canada participated in the event. As the representative of the first batch of Confucius Tourism Ambassadors, Teng Jing made a speech and introduced the growth and development of the China trips organized by CINB in the past few years.
5. Liu Shujie, a Chinese teacher, arrived at CINB
On October 20th, Chinese teacher Liu Shujie, an associate professor of English at QFNU, arrived at Saint John to fulfil her position. She would offer Chinese courses to St. Malachy’s Memorial High School, Saint John High School and Harbour View High School.
6. The Publication of Confucius Institute reported the story of gourds conveying sincere feelings
On October 21st, the article Little Gourds Make Big Things Happen by Teng Jing and Du Juan was published in the publication of Confucius Institute. This article told the story of gourds conveying sincere feelings between the Canadian father and son and Hu Qingxue, vice president of Qufu Normal University, which was witnessed by Teng Jing. It was a vivid portrayal of the cultural exchange between the East and the West, and was also the best example of the bridge role the Confucius Institute played.
Link of the report：https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/eWy99yjd6z4V5nsG1wdzDw
7. CINB teachers was interviewed by a local newspaper
On October 22nd, Wang Jingli, a Chinese teacher, and Liang Jiayi, a volunteer teacher, were interviewed by Darlene Lawson, a journalist from the local newspaper Focus on Kent.
8. CINB attended the conference of the principals and educational officials in New Brunswick
On October 25th, CINB participated in the conference on education of New Brunswick. A total of 350 principals and educational officials attended the conference. Dawn Weatherbie, Vice President of AEI, thanked CINB in the special lecture and distributed the yearbook of CINB to the principals on site. This book was carefully planned and made overnight by the teachers of CINB. It introduced and demonstrated the fruitful achievements of CINB from November 2017 to October 2018 and was the best feedback to the local schools’cooperation and trust.
After the meeting, Teng Jing introduced the project of the Confucius Institute to John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of Education, and the teaching superintendents and the principals from the four school districts. She also communicated the work of CINB with Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education. Chen Zhisheng, a Chinese volunteer teacher, played Erhu, a Chinese musical instrument. The convening of this conference was of great significance to CINB. The “word-of-mouth” promotion of the project partners has further expanded the influence of CINB in New Brunswick, broadened the channels of cooperation and enriched the possibility of future development.
9. CINB went to Edmonton to attend the 10th anniversary celebration
On October 26th, some CINB teachers were invited to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton. The next day of the celebration, Li Wei, Director of Confucius Institute in Edmonton, accompanied the delegation of CINB to visit the local primary and secondary school classes and introduced the situation of Chinese teaching in the area. In the afternoon, they had an informal discussion with local teachers and shared their strengths with each other. In addition to foreign students, there is a great demand for Chinese learning from Chinese Canadians. There are more than 20 Confucius classrooms, all of which carry out Chinese immersion courses. The daily classes are divided into two parts: morning classes and afternoon classes. In the afternoon, all the classes are taught in Chinese. The teachers of CINB were greatly inspired by their teaching style. Teng Jing met with Lorne Parker, Deputy Director of Edmonton Education Bureau, and conducted in-depth exchanges.
10. EWGMS held a contest of Beauty on the Paper
From October 22nd to 26th, a “Miss EWG Contest” was held in Eleanor W. Graham Middle School. Twenty students from the Chinese art class exhibited their works of art, and the top three most beautiful dressing ladies were selected by all the students of the school. After the event, more students joined the art class and experienced Chinese art.
11. Cultural and educational supplies from QFNU arrived at CINB
On October 29th, CINB received 40 boxes of Han clothes, tea sets, dragon and lion dancing costumes, drums and Tai Chi fans, etc., worth of more than 12,000 CADs, which were provided by Qufu Normal University. CINB expressed gratitude to QFNU for the close cooperation and strong support in the past decade. These supplies would further enrich the teaching and cultural activities of CINB and promote traditional Chinese culture, to say Confucianism, in New Brunswick.
October Special: “Understand Chinese classrooms via a few pictures”
Hillcrest Middle School：Colorful Monkey King
National Day activities at Park Street Elementary School
Harrison Trimble High School: Experience of Han Clothes
West Riverview Elementary School: Pandas’T-shirt Making
National Day Cards in Riverview East School
Hillcrest School: Mid-Autumn Festival Cards
Leo Hayes High School: Mask Painting
Hubbard Elementary School: One Plate, One World
Oromocto High School: Calligraphy
Saint John High School: Paper-cutting
Bernice MacNaughton High School: Winners in Chinese Poetry Recitation Contest.