Liverpool Confucius Institute showcases two diverse cultures

The University of Liverpool’s Confucius Institute led a workshop for Merseyside’s Mandarin teachers, and celebrated Brazilian and Chinese culture with a special event at the Museum of Liverpool.

The workshop, led by Upton Hall School’s, Zhou Hu and Bluecoat School’s, Liping Zhang, delivered lectures on Mandarin course development, classroom management, Chinese characters and grammar teaching to 23 teachers enrolled from across the region.

Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, John Tasker said: “We organised this workshop to establish a platform so that Mandarin teachers in the region could exchange views on Mandarin teaching and work together to promote Mandarin teaching in the area.”

The event at the Museum of Liverpool, organised in collaboration with the Guild of Students, drew a large audience for its performances of traditional Brazilian dance, including capoeira, as well as Han and Tibetan dancing.

Chinese and Brazilian University students invited those present to join workshops demonstrating traditional culture and techniques, including Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting and Beijing Opera Mask painting.

John Tasker said: “This event gave us the chance to celebrate the diverse and colourful traditions of China and Brazil, which make a great contribution to the diversity of the University of Liverpool and the vibrancy of the city. 

“I’m very grateful to the talented students from the Liverpool Chinese Scholars and Students Association and the Brazilian Students Association who took part.”

The University of Liverpool’s Confucius Institute is a collaborative project between the University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), for the promotion of Chinese language and culture.

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