From January 28th to February 1st, 2019, on the occasion of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Confucius Institute at Assumption University (hereafter CIAU) brought the “Chinese Featured Course” New Year Gift Package to the Thai teachers and students of seven cooperative teaching sites. Two national table tennis and martial arts coaches from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in China taught nearly 1,000 students from the seven teaching sites of CIAU table tennis and Chinese martial arts courses.
The featured courses were mainly based on course teaching, demonstration observation, practical training, and questions & answers. CIAU strove to let the participating students feel the charm of table tennis and Chinese martial arts in a close distance during the limited learning time. Students got the interest of table tennis and Chinese martial arts, and thus stimulated their enthusiasm for learning Chinese.
At Assumption University, Mr. Gui Haichen, the table tennis coach gave technical guidance to professional table tennis, not only guided the athletes details of how to avoid weaknesses and playing the best level, but also gave solutions on how to relieve the tension during the competition.
At the teaching sites of Assumption College Rayong (ACR), Assumption College Sriracha (ACS), Sripruetta School, Intertots Trilingual School (ITS), the “Chinese Featured Course” was welcomed and loved by students. The students were interested in learning the basic etiquette and movements of martial arts from Ms. Su Yue, the Chinese martial arts coach. Table tennis enthusiasts learned the skills of playing table tennis from Mr. Gui Haichen. Especially in ITS, Ms. Su’s wonderful martial arts show was welcomed by the teachers and students. Then a group of small martial arts and table tennis enthusiasts followed the two teachers to study martial arts and table tennis.
The implement of table tennis and martial arts courses is an important achievement in the innovation of the cultural activities and the expansion of development path in CIAU. CIAU would continue to intensify the development of featured courses, strengthen the brand building of featured courses, and make good use of the leverage of Tianjin University of Science and Technology, the domestic partner institution, to give full play to the role of CIAU as a bridge for Thai teenagers who love learning Chinese language and Chinese culture. CIAU will offer higher quality featured courses to stimulate their enthusiasm for learning and attract more Thai students to participate in the large group of Chinese learning.
Written by Ms. Wen Pan, Ms. Nittaya Iampoom
Photographed By Ms. Yuan Zheng, Ms. Chen Zhige, Ms. Duan Yuexia, Mr. Warut Chaichan
Translated by Ms. Duan Yuexia
Revised by Ms. Cao Le