SCI Newsletter October-November, 2022

The Sheffield Confucius Institute Newsletter: October-November 2022

SCI Newsletter October-November, 2022

SCI Update

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has continued to hold activities and cultural events during October and November 2022.

Read on for more details!

Sheffield Confucius Institute Teachers Away Day

The Star Mandarin School for Children is a source of pride for the Sheffield Confucius Institute and the University of Sheffield. Having delivered teaching in Mandarin Chinese, Maths and Art over the past 30 years, the school has helped thousands of students learn and develop their skills. More than 900 students are currently enrolled in the school, and we’d like to say a special thank you to our 23 local teachers, whose hard work each weekend ensures the high standard that students enjoy. The teachers, SCI staff and representatives of the University of Sheffield all met together on a special Teachers Away Day to get to know each other better and to share ideas and insight into education and teaching. If you want to know more about the Star Mandarin School, please visit:

teacher away day
Teachers and university staff engage in an activity together

Sino-English Club Thrives

The Sino-English Club has evolved! Taking place in a brand-new venue in the The Bath Hotel, on Victoria Street in Broomhall - near the University’s Students’ Union. This event is a great opportunity for speakers of Mandarin Chinese and English to get together, make friends and improve their speaking abilities. Our next event will take place at Bath Hotel - 66-68 Victoria St, Broomhall, Sheffield S3 7QL - Tuesday 6 December- 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The club will take place every Tuesday during the main university semesters and is free to attend so just come along! If you have any questions about the gathering, please get in touch at

Sino-English Corner members together
Sino-English Corner members together

Confucius Institutes Knowledge Exchange

The University of Sheffield was delighted to host the managers and sponsored teachers from the Newcastle and Coventry Confucius Institutes recently. All representatives took part in a constructive discussion on how best to create and run innovative learning and cultural events which benefit their local communities and forge links between local Chinese and British culture. 

CI Knowledge exchange
CI staff from Coventry, Newcastle and Sheffield

 China-UK Perspectives: 2022 - Photo competition

Do you fancy yourself as a fine photographer? Well, we have just the competition for you…  it’s time for the Sheffield Confucius Institute’s annual photography competition! The competition, China-UK Perspectives: 2022, has four categories - Famous Landscapes and Cityscapes, Cultures and Customs, Everyday Life and Artistic Images. There are first, second and third prizes for each category with the top prizes worth £30.Please visit for more information about the project and how to submit your entries. 

photo comp
Entries from last year's competition

SCI School Arts Competition 

To celebrate Lunar New Year we’ve launched our School Arts Competition. Open to schools in South Yorkshire and beyond, students are asked to create their own A4 sized artwork inspired by the Rabbit zodiac sign. The Year of the Rabbit will be the next Chinese Lunar Year and the traits of the rabbit are popularity, compassion, and sincereness. We believe there can be no better traits to represent our unified spirit in the year of 2023 - and we’re overjoyed to be able to share this spirit with schools across the country! To find out more about the competition, please visit:

school art comp

 11/11 - Chinese Day Celebration

The University of Sheffield is known for its diverse and welcoming community, but we know that students can sometimes feel homesick and want a reminder of home. On 11 November 2022, together with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association we hosted events and activities for the annual Chinese Day. Open to all, there was a range of activities, from unique Chinese games and board games to beautiful Han style clothing dress up and guzheng playing and workshops. Chinese and local students alike came together in an event of cultural sharing and celebration.

Lingxi Zang's guzheng
Lingxi Zang instructs how to play guzheng

3rd UK-Chinese Seminar of 2022

There are many profound and compelling challenges in language learning which affect us, from how we use and interact with technology from an early age to different teaching methods and styles.  On 14 October 2022, the Sheffield Confucius Institute held the 3rd UK-Chinese Seminar of 2022, in collaboration with Nanjing University, titled: ‘The Characteristics and Teaching Strategies of Heritage Language Learners’. The SCI was joined by academics Dr Sabine Little from the University of Sheffield and Professor Xianwen Cao from Nanjing University, who both delivered presentations on heritage language and development. SCI staff and teachers, along with approximately 60 university staff and students from Nanjing University and Beijing Normal University joined the fascinating seminar showcasing research into Chinese heritage language.

Language is learning

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