Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

2017 Summer Programs of the Confucius Institute

July 21, 2017

In the summer of 2017, the Confucius Institute (CI) at San Francisco State University (SF State) organized and executed programs in serving our students/faculty/staff and the Northern California communities in the field of Chinese teaching and learning.

2017 Chinese Bridge Tour for American Educators to Visit China

June 1-10, 2017 Beijing-Shanghai, China

Sponsored by Hanban, CI at SF State invited 12 SFUSD Board members, division directors and principals to participate in this unique educational program – a 10-day tour to China as guests of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). This program is designed for American educators to start and strengthen their schools’ Chinese programs and partnerships with Confucius Institute and schools in China. The focus of this trip is to help participants better understand Chinese culture, society and educational system, and develop partnership through interactive activities, school visits and educational workshops, making it possible for educators from both countries to connect with other educators, and gather valuable resources. The group leader, Hydra B. Mendoza, Commissioner of SF Board of Education, Education and Family Services Advisor to Office of the Mayor Edwin M. Lee, was very supportive and capable in leading her associates and members to explore any possible cooperation with Beijing Normal University, Hanban, and local schools in Beijing and Shanghai. Beijing Normal University played co-host with a rich itinerary for the delegation in Beijing and Shanghai.

The educators from San Francisco visiting Hanban and Beijing Normal University
The delegates visiting local schools in Beijing and Shanghai

2017 Summer Institute for Local Chinese Language Teachers

June 12-16, 2017 SF State

Teacher training is one of the most important functions of CI at SF State. To reach the goal set for our 2016-2017 work plan, we successfully hosted the 8th Summer Institute (2017) for 50 local Chinese language teachers sponsored by Hanban, an intensive one-week training, providing more resources for their knowledge enhancement and teaching improvement. Yenbo Wu of SF State welcomed the participants to the Institute and Counselor Jun Yang of Chinese Consulate joined the closing ceremony. We got both nationally recognized experts and local teachers to be trainers including Dr. Wei-ling Wu from New York University, Ms. Marisa Fang who is a guest teacher adviser of the College Board, Ms. Jennifer Wu of Hayward Unified School District, and Professor Chengnian Wu, the Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at SF State. The 50 trainees are from the Bay Area, Sacramento, Napa, Monterey, Los Angeles and other states. The training curriculum includes the latest research and practice in teaching Chinese and culture, providing the competitive edge for trainees to better understand what to teach and how to teach in K-12 classrooms. Responses from both Institute’s trainers and participants are highly positive.

Welcome Remarks by Dr. Yenbo Wu, AVP
Group photo at Closing Ceremony
Prof. Wei-Ling Wu, New York University
Marisa Fang, Training Expert of the College Board

2017 Chinese Bridge – Summer Camp for American High School Students

July 7 – 21, 2017 Beijing – Zhuhai, China

The Confucius Institutes at San Francisco State University (SF State), in cooperation with Beijing Normal University (BNU), co-hosted the 2017 “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for American High School Students, an annual Chinese language and culture experiencing program sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. The Summer Camp 2017 provided American students with Chinese language, culture classes, and cultural experiencing activities. Fifteen high school students from Northern California went on the camp with three chaperons. The 2017 Summer Camp for High School Students is designed to enhance understanding between American and Chinese high school students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students had a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China's rich culture, tradition, and history. Camp activities were successfully implemented in Beijing and Zhuhai as planned, and the campers had a life-changing experience.

Departing from SFO
Learning Chinese Language
Learning Chinese Culture
Learning Chinese Kung Fu at Beijing Normal University
Learning Chinese at BNU-Zhuhai

Summer Camps of CI SFSU Affiliated Confucius Classrooms/Teaching Sites

(1)Confucius Classroom at University Preparatory School, Redding, CA

July 1 - 19, 2017 Beijing, Taichang (Jiangsu) & Dezhou (Shandong)

The Confucius Classroom at University Preparatory School (U-Prep) organized 2017 Summer Camp to visit China from July 1 through July 19, 2017. Total 17 high school students escorted by two chaperones traveled to Beijing, Taichang in Jiangsu Province and Dezhou in Shandong Province, 4-5 days in each city. Activities include English teaching, mini-presentations on American Culture, Q&As on Chinese and American Culture, friendship basketball match, campus dancing party. This annual summer program allowed all participating students at our affiliated Confucius Classroom to have a better understanding of Chinese education and culture while voluntarily helping Chinese students improve their English proficiency, and build up friendship between young students from both countries. It is a good opportunity for U Prep students to practice their Chinese language and better prepare for their college application.

Confucius Classroom at U Prep - Summer Camp in China
Cooperative Project
Presentation on US-China Cultural Exchanges
Visiting the Great Wall

(2)Confucius Classroom at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, CA

June 20-29, 2017 Jinan & Qufu (Shandong)

The Confucius Classroom at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) offered their students a “Young Ambassador” Summer Tour to Jinan and Qufu, Shandong Province in China from June 20 through 29, 2017. Jinan is Sacramento’s sister city in China, established on May 29, 1985. 12 students and two chaperones from WSCA, a local host school of Confucius Classroom affiliated with CI at SF State in Great Sacramento Area, participated Sacramento’s delegation as Young Ambassadors to visit Jinan and Qufu. They visited Jinan Young Academy, local schools and Confucius hometown – Qufu to interact and communicate with Chinese students and professionals at series of meetings, lectures, and presentations. Special cultural performances and demonstrations by young students from both countries effectively strengthen partnership between sister cities and promote friendship between young students from the U.S. and China.

Confucius Classroom at WSCA – Summer Camp in China
Visiting Youth Academy in Jinan
Learning Brush Calligraphy
Dancing Party

(3)AAS Art and Mandarin Summer Camp for K-5th Students

May 30-August 4, 2017 San Francisco

CI at SF State continues to support Asian Art School (AAS) – one of our Teaching Sites - to offer Art and Mandarin Summer Camp for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade in San Francisco from May 30 through August 4, 2017. In association with AAS, we provide Mandarin teaching and Chinese culture learning activities while AAS instructors teach arts including painting, dancing, and drama with the intention of ultimately bringing the students to a professional level. Our common goal is to maintain or improve the students' language skills in Mandarin and enhance their knowledge of Chinese culture through age-appropriate play- based classes and activities.

Summer 2017 marks our eighth year of partnership with Asian Arts School. Ms. Bin Ma, one of CI’s student assistants, joined this dynamic summer camp staff and use her experience to teach speaking, reading and writing in Mandarin for this camp consisting 10 one-week sessions for total 165 students.

Learning Chinese Calligraphy with Emma Ma from Confucius Institute
Learning Painting
Learning Dancing

(4)ASMC 2017 Summer Camp

May 30 – August 4, 2017 San Francisco

All Stars Mandarin Center (ASMC) is one of our Teaching Centers in San Francisco. To better serve local students during summer vacation, we help ASMC promote and support their 2017 Mandarin Summer Camp, a ten-week program in five sessions for 150 preK-8th graders from May 30 through August 4, 2017.

Little Cooks
Young Artists
Enjoy Summer Camp at ASMC