Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

CI at SFSU Successfully Hosted 3rd Annual San Jose- Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest

       October 15th, 2016, at Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State) and SCCOE successfully cohosted 3rd Annual San Jose- Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest for K-12 Students sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters /Hanban and Education Office of Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco. 529 contestants registered for 6 contests in Chinese Brush Calligraphy, Pen Calligraphy, Painting/drawing, Chinese Poetry Recital, Mandarin Speech, and Video Project. All participating students from 159 day-time schools and 49 after-school programs/Chinese schools across the Bay Area were attracted to this great annual event and made it a great success.

       This annual contest was greatly valued by Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, Bay Area schools and families from all language backgrounds. Education Counselor Jun YANG, Consuls ZENG Yang and Yang ZHANG observed the event and highly appreciated the outstanding achievements by the students and recognized the contributions and efforts made by all volunteer judges and staff from SF State and SCCOE.

       With this marvelous opportunity, participants of different ages demonstrated their Chinese language proficiency and culture skills in learning Chinese language and culture in classroom and beyond.

       Participants of Chinese Brush Calligraphy and Chinese Pen Calligraphy contests amazed the judges with their in-depth understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

       Contestants of Painting/Drawing contest showed their imaginative interpretation on diverse topics such as world peace and cultural diversity.

       The room for Chinese Poetry Recital contest attracted audience because participants impressed all the judges and parents with strong emotion and unbelievable fluency.

       As for the Mandarin Speech contest, students of different ages shared their intriguing stories on the topic of personal hobbies. One contestant shared her obsession with traditional Chinses musical instrument erhu, and another one shared his pride and happiness to study and promote China–United States relations as a Chinese-American.

       Not only did students enjoy this great opportunity of demonstration and sharing, but also parents were pleased to witness the impressive performance of their children. They all took pictures on the contest site after the event was over and they felt grateful for Confucius Institute at SF State to provide such an excellent chance for their children to show their Chinese language skills and understanding of Chinese culture. According to many parents, this contest motivate their kids to continue learning Chinese language and culture, and they highly expect to encourage their kids to take challenge in the 4th Chinese Star Contest next year.




Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

旧金山州大孔院成功举办第三届圣何塞-硅谷地区中小学生“中文之星”比赛

        2016年10月15日,由中国驻旧金山总领馆与国家汉办赞助、旧金山州立大学孔子学院和圣塔克拉拉教育局联合举办的第三届圣何塞-硅谷地区“中文之星”比赛在圣塔克拉拉县教育局成功举行。本次比赛共有毛笔书法、硬笔书法、绘画、诗歌朗诵、演讲与视频等六个项目,分为K、1-2、3-5、6-8、9-12等5个年级组分别进行,吸引了来自200多所各级各类学校529名选手参加,遍及整个旧金山湾区的多个县市。

       本届中文之星比赛受到中国驻旧金山总领事馆、湾区各学校以及参赛学生家庭的高度重视,总领馆教育组杨军参赞、曾阳领事和张洋领事观看了现场比赛。旧金山州立大学孔子学院以及圣塔克拉拉教育局共30名工作人员参与本次大赛的组织与协调工作,联合邀请的30位评委老师倾力合作确保了比赛顺利进行并取得圆满成功。

       毛笔与硬笔书法比赛同时进行,选手们经过赛前的精心准备与练习,在赛场挥毫笔墨、专注地完成自己的作品,展示自己的书法功底。

       绘画比赛选手们准备充分,各种各样的绘画工具准备十分齐全,面对同一个主题选手们却有着各种各样与众不同的奇思妙想,他们用不同的绘画作品来展现自己对主题独特的理解与看法。

       诗歌朗诵比赛选手除朗诵一首指定诗外,还需朗诵一首自选诗歌。选手们的自选诗歌也是多种多样,诸如李白豪情逸兴的《将进酒》、杜甫心怀天下的《茅屋为秋风所破歌》,也有现代诗歌如《风筝》等等。赛场上,选手们声情并茂,有的激情澎湃,有的肆意洒脱,有的则是温婉抒情,博得阵阵喝彩!

       演讲比赛分为6-8和9-12两个年级组,面对“介绍自己的兴趣或爱好”这一主题,选手们却有着与众不同的故事。有的选手讲述了自己与二胡的深厚感情,有的则分享了自己传播快乐与爱的故事,有的选手则是对中美关系等国际政治非常感兴趣。选手们字正腔圆的发音、流畅自然的表达方式、生动活泼的演讲风格都给评委和观众们留下了深刻的印象。

       本届中文之星比赛受到了各方的赞赏与关注。当地媒体在现场进行采访。比赛结束后现场的家长们纷纷和孩子们拍照留念,他们激动地表示非常感谢孔子学院举办这样的比赛,给孩子们一个学习中文、展示中文的绝佳机会,表示会继续鼓励孩子学习中文,继续参加明年的中文之星比赛。