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On the afternoon of October 17, 2018, the A1 class held a cultural experience activity with the theme of “Paper Cutting - Expression of Love towards China”. The teacher and students spent a pleasant afternoon.
At first, the teacher introduced the history of paper-cutting to the students, the main contents of paper-cutting (drama characters, Chinese characters, twelve zodiac signs, window flowers, double happiness, etc.), the custom of paper-cutting, the meaning of paper-cutting, and showed students beautiful paper-cut works and pictures. The students have a general understanding of the paper-cut culture and they are interested in their own zodiac, looking for their own zodiac and wanting to know the relevant meanings.
After that, we show students how to shear the Double Happiness and demonstrate the simple method to shear window flower. After the explanation, we distributed square red paper and scissors to the students, and let them do as we taught. The students learned very quickly and made the beautiful paper-cut works. A small pair of scissors, a thin red paper, show us the charm of the paper-cut culture, and express the International students' love for China.
On the afternoon of September 26, Class A2 held the first cultural activity in the autumn semester of 2018-2019 in classroom 414 of East 12 Teaching Building. The theme of this activity is "Mid-Autumn Festival".
The activity is divided into two parts. The first part is the self-introduction and self-presentation of the class members. For many the students in A2 class, it is the first time that they came to China to study Chinese. They are relatively unfamiliar to each other. Everyone, though unfamiliar, showed himself very enthusiastically. The second part is to introduce the cultural customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the teacher also brought the students delicious moon cakes. And they share different tastes of moon cakes with one another.
At the end of the event, the international students said that through this cultural event, they had a deeper understanding of each other, and even some students who were usually shy also took the courage to show themselves on the stage. In addition, they learned about the culture of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and tasted the moon cakes, which played a role in spreading Chinese traditional culture.
On the afternoon of October 17, the A2 class held its second cultural activity in the autumn semester of 2018-2019 in the East 12414 classroom. The activity was "learn and draw Chinese opera masks". First of all, the teacher explained to the students the culture of the Peking Opera facial composition: the history of the face, the style of the face, the different meanings of different colors on the face, the students listened with relish. Then, under the guidance of the teacher, the students took up the brush and mask, used their own imagination and painted their own masks. We all have a wide range of Chinese opera masks, after the painting, we have a group photo.
At the end of the event, everyone said that through this cultural activity, they learned about the traditional Chinese culture-the facial makeup of Peking Opera, which is a very important part of Chinese traditional culture, and they liked it very much. Moreover, they improved their own practical ability and imagination, making the Chinese classroom rich and colorful. Some students worked together to draw masks, improved the ability to cooperate, and enhanced the cohesion of students.
On the afternoon of October 30, 2018, the students and teachers of the three Chinese classes in the East 12,classroom 303, Class A2, Class B2 and Class B3 held an interesting cultural activity class, making dumplings. First of all, the students under the guidance of the teacher began to make dumplings, and combined with their country's customs, played the imagination to pack all kinds of dumplings. In the cooking of dumplings gap, some students brought a happy dance performance. Teachers also help students to cook dumplings, they tasted their own dumplings happily, and finally they had a photo together. The event left a lot of precious photos and videos.
At the end of the event, everyone said that through this cultural event, they learned about the traditional Chinese culture of cooking dumplings. The culture is national and even more universal. In their country, there are similar customs that promote their sense of identity. They liked it very much. They improved their practical ability and imagination, made the Chinese class more colorful, and the students in three classes worked together to make dumplings, which help them make more new friends as well as enhancing the cohesion between the students of the Chinese class.
On the afternoon of November 1, Class B1 held the third cultural activity in the fall semester of 2018 in D9-A103. The theme of the activity was "painting facial makeup".
firstly, the teacher of Class B1 introduced to the students what is facial makeup; then told the students the different colors of facial makeups represent different characteristics; finally, all the students got the materials needed to paint the facial makeups.
During the process of drawing facial makeups, everyone was pretty serious. Coincidentally, the day before yesterday was Halloween, so some students make unique facial makeups by mixing the traditional elements with the Western elements. It’s funny. At the end of the activity, they presented their own facial makeups.
On October 18, B1 class and B2 class in the East nine teaching building 103 classrooms together carried out a paper-cutting cultural activities.
At the beginning of the event, the teacher introduced many excellent paper-cut works to the students, and showed students the wide use of paper-cutting. While the students marvel at these intricate pieces, they pull out scissors and paper. At the request of the students, the teachers respectively demonstrated the "XI" character, "Panda eat Bamboo", "Rabbit" shearing method, students began to enter the actual operation phase of the awkward state, or due to folding the opposite shear error caused cannot be "XI", or because of the earlier painting of the panda less a pen and the "bear" into the "dog", or cut out the rabbit without hands. But there are outstanding works of improvisation, the panda became "Kung Fu Panda", use the knife instead of bamboo. Or someone let the rabbit has a large front teeth. When these works show up, applause constantly. At the end of the paper-cutting activities, several students of B2 class volunteered to introduce their own national cuisine, sparked a heated discussion of their own national cuisine. Finally, a happy group photo was taken to end the activity.
On the afternoon of October 30, class C1 held a unique Chinese cultural experience activity of shadow puppetry in the classroom of D12. The main purpose of this activity is to make international students have a close contact with the charm of the ancient traditional Chinese folk art shadow puppetry.
At first, the teacher introduced the origin and development of shadow puppetry by combining PPT, and then let everyone watch a video to understand the production process and operation process of shadow puppetry.
Then, most anticipated is the actual operation phase. The teacher divided the students into four groups, to perform four classic stories. In the process, the teacher gave students some advice, more importantly, encouraged them to join their creativity. In the final group performance, each group told their own story, vivid and interesting. The whole afternoon was filled with laughter.
During this class, students all had boundless feeling. The teacher handed out a shadow bookmark to each student, and hoped students can preserve, remember this wonderful memory.
On the morning of October 18, C1 and C2 walked out of the classroom and went to the Eastern Playground for an outdoor cultural activity. The main purpose of this cultural activity is to let everyone feel the charm of traditional Chinese folk games, increase mutual exchanges among students, and enrich the cultural activities of international students.
Around 10 am, the students of C1 and C2 came to the Eastern Playground in an orderly way under the guidance of two head teachers. At first, each student was given a shuttlecock. Under the guidance of the teacher, the students gradually mastered the skills of kicking the shuttlecock. The second project was rope skipping. At the beginning, no one dared to try it, but with the help of several students, everyone gradually became interested in the activity and joined in. Then the female students learned to skip a rubber band with the teacher, and the male students went to play football.
After an hour's exercise, everyone felt a little tired, watching them breathing and sweating, so the teacher organized all the students to form a circle, a small game named "beat the drum to pass the flowers" began. In this process, many students introduced themselves and showed their talents to everyone, the playground filled with happy laughter, each other's distance is closer.
After the activity, the students took a group photo, everyone was in a good mood. The teacher handed out the shuttlecocks, skipping ropes and rubber bands to the students. Students said they could continue to practice and all of them were looking forward to the next cultural act.