Donghua University'sChinese Bridge “Textile Featured Virtual Summer Camp For Chinese Language and Culture (2020)”：successful completion in the first phase of the live class
The "Chinese Bridge" online group exchange project is initiated and funded by the “Center for Language Education and Cooperation” of the Ministry of Education (hereinafter referred to as the “Language Cooperation Center”). The project originates from the "Chinese Bridge" summer camp for international students. It is a kind of Chinese language learningand culture experience course including exchange activities for college and middle school students all over the world. It aims to promote the understanding of Chinese language and culture for college and middle school students worldwide, and to inspire Chinese and international students’passion for learning Chinese. The original plan was to provide students with a two-week on-site visit to China. Due to the pandemic, it is changed to an online group exchange program for the first time.
This time, at this piont, Donghua University organized a joint application by the Confucius Institute of Moi University and the International Culture ExchangeSchool. After the successful establishment of the project, it was named “Textile Featured Virtual Summer Camp For Chinese Language and Culture (2020)”, and officially launched this month. Exchange experience trip gets started. This event is mainly for students from Moi University in Kenya. Moi Confucius Institute in Kenya is in charge of recruiting students. At the stage of student preparing the exam at the end of the semester, we worried that not many students would sign up, however, lots of students enrolled as soon as the publicity came out. In the end, 71 students were successfully selected for the project, which far exceeded expectations.
Teachers from the Confucius Institute were giving an opening camp
The online project lasts for two weeks, and The course design and implementation of the project are mainly carried out by the International Cultural Exchange School. The project’s content is rich and varied, including daily Chinese learning in campus, as well as first-hand experience of cultural activities such as calligraphy and painting, and innovative sections such as online visits and "face-to-face" exchanges with Chinese college students. The project integrates China and Kenya’s cultural diversity, and highlights the distinctive features of the Moi Confucius Institute's education on “Chinese plus textile and clothing” .
Chinese live class
The first phase of the project is a live Chinese teaching class and exchanges between Chinese and Kenyan students. The International Cultural Exchange Schoolselected six key teachers, designed targeted teaching plans and courseware, adopted a small-class teaching model of 10 students per class, with a head teacher and deputy head teacher, through interactive communication, mainly listening and speaking, which greatly increased the confidence of Kenyan students in using Chinese. After each live class, college students from China and Kenya had a lively exchange and discussion on the food, education, employment and life during the pandemic period in the two countries.
University students from China and Kenya exchange viewed on China-Kenya food culture
The second phase of the project will be carried out after the students return to school next semester. During the period, the International Cultural Exchange Schoolwill launch recorded movie courses on the three themes of "Campus Chinese", "Textile Cultural Experience", and "Exploring Shanghai", allowing students to review independently the first stage live courses, which warms students for the live courses of the second phase.
The live exchange courses in the second phase are mainly cultural workshops and online sightseeing. The cultural workshop will allow Kenyan students to cut paper, make a fan, practice calligraphy and experience traditional Chinese culture under the guidance of a Chinese teacher. During the online sightseeing session, Kenyan students will travel to our school’s textile and clothing museum. This is one of the core contents of this project. It will helpinternational students to fully understand the characteristic of historical heritage contained in each of exhibits and understand the original story, scientific connotation, the humanistic spirit and the Chinese terms in the textile field with its changes. Then, a Kenyan "tour guide"will take students to visit the famous scenic spots in Shanghai, and to experience the Shanghai culture of "inclusive of all varieties" and
"the combination of Chinese and Western".
Alumni of Moykong were introducing Shanghai Bund and Nanjing Road
Double Dragon Play Ball Lake Green Embroidered Cheongsam
（東華大學紡織服飾博物館藏品 Textile and Apparel Museum of Donghua University）
The Chinese Bridge online group exchange project has innovated the internationallanguage cultural exchange model, which allows students worldwide to learn and use Chinese, understand China’s development, experience Chinese cultureand communicate with Chinese students face-to-face at the special times, then make a contribution to China-Kenya friendship and mutual feelings.
Students had a lively discussion in social groups after class
翻譯： 劉曉靜, Kashif