Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

The First Chinese Star Contest Successfully Held in San Jose-Silicon Valley

CA. October 25, 2014

       The first Chinese Star Contest was successfully held in the office building of Office of Education, Santa Clara County. Jointly held by Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (CISFSU) and Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the contest is divided into five events, including Drawing/painting, Chinese Poem Recital, Calligraphy (Pen and Brush) and Mandarin Oral Presentation, attracted 271 students from local schools registering for 441 person-times.
       Local school districts, communities and families actively involved in this contest. Staff from SCCOE, CISFSU and local teachers collaborated together to work on different procedures and arrangements. Students all dressed up, some even put on traditional Chinese costumes, added festival atmosphere to this exciting event.
       Students all displayed impressive talents in their Chinese language and their understanding of Chinese culture. Poems of ancient China and modern styles could be heard in well-articulated Chinese in every contest room. At Drawing contest and Calligraphy contest, young artist concentrated in creating their masterpieces. Oral Presentation contestants also surprised their audiences by delivering wonderful speeches they prepared in just one hour.
       Parents could not feel more proud of their kids and greatly appreciated the efforts by the organizing committee. Everyone presented enjoyed a wonderful day of Chinese learning and expected another great contest next year.


 

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

首届“中文之星”大赛在加州圣何塞硅谷地区成功举办

        2014年10月25日,由中国驻旧金山总领馆与国家汉办资助、旧金山州立大学孔子学院和圣塔克拉拉县教育局共同举办的首届“中文之星”大赛在圣塔克拉拉县教育局办公楼进行,比赛分成绘画、中文诗歌朗诵、毛笔书法、硬笔书法和普通话演讲等五个项目,吸引了当地不同族裔、近500人次的中小学生参赛。

        当地30多个学区、学校及很多家庭对这次比赛高度重视,圣塔克拉拉县教育局组织了十多位项目主管直接参与比赛场活动的组织与协调,旧金山州大二十多名志愿者评委和工作人员倾力主持安排各场赛事。有的选手全家出动来支持孩子的比赛,不少女生穿着旗袍、公主服,打扮得端庄典雅;一些男生穿着唐装、西服,显得帅气十足。
        比赛进程精彩激烈,诗歌朗诵组除了指定的经典古诗,选手还要朗诵一首自选诗歌,有的选手慷慨激昂地朗诵了《满江红》,有的选手舒缓深情地朗诵了《再别康桥》,有的选手活泼可爱地朗诵了现代诗《雨》,博得了满堂喝彩。
        演讲比赛吸引了大量非参赛选手及其家长的旁观。演讲的主题是学习外语的好处,选手们只有一个小时的准备时间。选手们演讲中文流利、字正腔圆、生动有趣,一位小学生选手列举学中文的重要性时谈到:“如果你会中文,可以当翻译,可以帮经贸双方有效沟通协调,可以帮助你更多地学习中国文化,了解中国文明。如果你不会中文,在中国可能会上错厕所”,孩子的风趣引起了哄堂大笑。
        现场的很多家长非常感谢举办方出色地组织这次中文大赛,促进孩子们学习中文的热情,让孩子们享受学习中文的快乐,他们将鼓励孩子们明年继续参加第二届“中文之星”大赛。

(旧金山州大孔院)