From Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd September 2015 twenty students from QASMT participated in a three day immersion camp, which was subsidised and supported by the Confucius Institute at the Queensland University of Technology (CIQ).
The program featured an intensive Chinese language and culture educational program jointly presented by lecturers from the CIQ and teachers from the Queensland Academies. The topics included: The Individual and Health, Food and Drink, Shopping, Education, Cool Mandarin and ICT, Chinese Dance, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Taichi & Kungfu, Modern Chinese music (singing) and movie appreciation.
This camp provided an opportunity for the students to intensively engage with Chinese language and culture, especially for the students who seek to enhance their skills and knowledge in Mandarin in order to progress faster in their study of Mandarin and Chinese culture. Please see some photos and the reflections from some students:
Overall, we found this Chinese camp a very rewarding experience. Not only did we improve our Mandarin, but we also had the opportunity to broaden our knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.
In the mornings we had two theory lessons. In these lessons we were able to expand our Chinese vocabulary through learning words which would be helpful to us, should we ever visit China. It also provided us opportunities to revise vocabulary which we had previously learnt. Furthermore, we were able to focus more on the speaking aspect of Mandarin, which we do not cover as much in school. Throughout the day, teachers and supervisors provided us with challenges comprising levels ranging from easy to difficult, which allowed us to engage in fun teamwork activities. Through this we were also given opportunities to socialize with people from other schools and year levels. We especially enjoyed watching the movie as it allowed us to gain insight into the school life of Chinese students.
We gained further knowledge in the traditional aspect of Chinese culture through activities such as Calligraphy, Tai Chi, Chinese traditional ribbon dance, etc. For example, in the Chinese ribbon dance, there is an emphasis on the agricultural aspect of Chinese culture. The movements of the dance symbolized various actions which farmers use to sow the seeds on their farms.
In conclusion, everyone enjoyed the camp. If we were given an opportunity to come to this camp again, we would say yes in a heartbeat.
Julie, Natasha, Rochelle, Chantelle, and Selina