Each year, The Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College is actively involved in the local CHAMPS summer camp. This year, CHAMPS’s camped at Presbyterian College. On June 25th, starting from 9:00 a.m., more than 30 students from the Laurens school district came to Presbyterian College and split into six groups to take Chinese classes from the Confucius Institute.
Professor Fen Wang, the Chinese instructor, introduced Chinese culture to the students and taught them to express “hello”, “goodbye”, “thank you”. She also taught them how to use gestures to show numbers from 1 to 10 in Chinese. Miss Cuiyan Guo, the Chinese volunteer teacher, introduced the Chinese chess game Gobang, to the students and helped them understand the rules of the game. She also taught them to say “black”, “white” and other basic phrases in Chinese. Both teachers and students were totally into the Gobang game.
Chinese common knowledge and Chinese chess game greatly aroused the students’ interest in learning Chinese and participating in activities. The students were in high spirits and the classroom atmosphere was extremely active. Even the teachers in the CHAMPS Program joined in the Chinese learning activities and games.