Hello, my name is Toby and I’m nine years old this year. I live in Sheffield, England, and I am learning Chinese. Do you know why?
When I was five years old, I suddenly had an idea that I wanted to write a letter to people from every country of the world asking them how their lives were like. In the following months, I wrote more than 200 letters. Before I wrote each letter, I would learn about the country and its people with my mother so that I could ask them questions that related to their lives. When I was writing my letter to China, I found it to be a very beautiful country and I wanted to know more about it.
On 22nd April, students from 18 universities in the UK attended the 16th Chinese Brige Speech Competetion. After the first round, only 10 contestants entered the finals.
The student from Sheffield CI --David Geary（吉伟仁） won the Grand prize. His speech ‘my football dream’, also published in people's daily, tells a story of his Chinese dream and his football dream in China. His rap, performered with fluent Chinese, impressed the judges and audience.
Miss Aina JIANG, David's personal tutor, also a Chinese teacher at Sheffield CI, was awarded Best Tutor.
Representing the UK, David will go to China this summer to attend the Global-finals
Prizes at Dancing and Drama
Affiliated to the Confucius Institute, the Star Mandarin School, joined the 20th anniversity celebration of UK Federation of Chinese Schools on 19th Feb. The students got 2nd and 3rd prize for dancing and playing drama.
HoLA(Home language Accreditation Project) was held by Sheffield language center in Sheffield Halliam University at 12th Feb.
Our calligrapy teacher is teaching students to write Chinese characters.
Sheffield looks East:
Double Honour from China for Sheffield University
- The University of Sheffield chosen to host elite Chinese Institute with a new focus on business and healthcare.
- Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett awarded a prestigious Individual Performance Excellence Award in recognition of his contribution to greater understanding of Chinese language and culture.
Seminar "New Endeavours: Creative Writing in English... in China"
Fascinating talk given by Professor Sui Gang from the University of Central Lancashire discussed the challenges of creative writing in English for Chinese students.
Seminar ‘The Art of Kunqu’
Kathy Hall, the founding Chair of the London Jing Kun Opera Association, and an experienced practitioner and teacher of kunqu, introduced the background, roles and techniques of Kun Opera, a unique art form which is considered to be the mother of all Chinese opera and enjoys national opera status in China.
First UK Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Competition takes place in Sheffield
The first UK edition of the competition was hosted by our Confucius Institute and supported by Nanjing University and the Jiangsu Province Government, and attracted contestants from across the country.
Fright Night with a Chinese touch
Our weekly Sino-English Corner (SEC) participates in Sheffield Fright Night, the largest Halloween festival of its kind in the UK.
Celebrating the Year of the Sssnake at Star School
The Confucius Institute’s own annual Chinese New Year celebration event for the young students was on 23 February.
Celebrating the Year of the Sssnake
Chinese New Year is arguably the busiest time of the year for our Confucius Institute. The bustling and cheerful Year of the Snake celebrations in Sheffield included a very successful 10th anniversary of the Sheffield Chinese New Year Gala and several other cultural events for audiences of all ages.
Chinese New Year Painting Competition for Schools 2013
This year is the Year of the Snake, which is perhaps not the cuddliest among the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, but certainly one that stimulated the fantasy of pupils from 20 schools in Sheffield, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who took part in our annual Chinese New Year Painting Competition.
London Book Fair 2012
From 16-18 April 2012, London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre opened its doors to the 41st London Book Fair. With over 400 seminars and events, 1500 international exhibitors and 24,500 publishing professionals, the London Book Fair is one of the world’s leading annual forums for the global publishing industry. China was the guest of honour at this year’s event, which featured displays by over 180 Chinese publishers and discussions with renowned Chinese writers.
Move It... the Chinese way!
In a new exciting development of its increasingly popular Chinese dance courses, the Sheffield Confucius Institute has stepped onto a new platform for Chinese art and culture this year in March, bringing Chinese dance to wider audiences at the Move It 2012 dance festival in London.
Success for Sheffield candidates at the 11th Chinese Bridge competition in London
On 17 March 2012, SEAS Chinese Studies students Sam Mannakee and Ross MacDonald were awarded 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the UK leg of the 11th Chinese Bridge international speech competition.