Confucius Classroom



Chinese Confucius Classroom Officially Opens

Eckington School's Confucius Classroom was officially opened at a ceremony on July 2nd 2013.

The classroom, situated in the Modern Languages block, will be a base for the teaching of Mandarin Chinese to a range of students at Eckington School, to our primary feeder schools and to the local community.

A full-time teacher from China has been provided by Hanban, the Chinese equivalent of the British Council. He will teach beginners mandarin courses in Key Stage 3 lessons, as well as providing a variety of extra-curricular classes in Chinese language and culture. Extra-curricular programmes will be open to all members of the school community. Qualifications in the OCR ASSET Languages scheme will be offered to those students who show an aptitude for and commitment to the study of Mandarin Chinese. Funding for the start of the project, along with running costs, is provided by Hanban. The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has overall oversight of the project.

It is hoped that the Confucius classroom project will develop the language skills of our school community, as well as broadening their awareness of other cultures and giving them an insight into the twenty-first centurys next superpower.

The opening ceremony will feature students taking part in a Chinese fan dance and in calligraphy lessons.

As part of the Confucius classroom project, Eckington School will be offered a number of free places at the annual Hanban summer language school, which takes place in Beijing. To qualify for the summer school, students must have undertaken a course of study in Chinese language and culture during the year. People involved will need to pay for their own air fare but the costs of accommodation, food and excursions are borne by the Hanban organisation. The summer schools provide an outstanding opportunity to deepen the individuals command of the language through intensive study, as well as to experience the sights and sounds of the Chinese capital.

More information will follow in the coming months.

Sixth Form Students gain Chinese Language Qualification

Three sixth form students recently became the first students at Eckington School ever to gain a qualification in Chinese language.

Chris Marsh, Piyush Patel and Adam Sellers sat examinations in speaking, listening, reading and writing, achieving the highest grade in three out of the four elements. The three followed weekly lessons as an extra-curricular activity, delivered by Cathay Chen, a tutor from the Sheffield Confucius Institute.
Chris stated that "studying Chinese has given me a sense of pride and accomplishment. The learning was fun, it is the most interesting of the languages I have studied."
"I think that having a Chinese language qualification has set me apart from many other students and this could help me in the future."
Adam agreed, saying "learning Chinese has been something completely different. It has been enjoyable having experience of another language and culture which is so different and unique."

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Last updated: Friday, July 19, 2013Print the Eckington School Confucius Classroom page

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