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Chinese Poetry Week Inspires YCIS Students

June, 2013
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The month of May presented Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) Primary students with the fantastic opportunity of developing their already strong Mandarin language skills with a poetry reading week.

The Primary Chinese Department held an “I’m a Poet” event for students with a particular emphasis on famous and traditional Chinese poems, selected by the students themselves. The event is comprised of two parts, including "Listening to Poems" and "Sharing Poems." During the Listening to Poems section, teachers read to the young students, explained the history of Chinese poetry and how to appreciate the subtle nuances of tone and expression required to deliver a truly harmonious piece. During the Sharing Poems section, students chose their favorite poems from the ancient, classical and modern periods and performed them on stage in front of a full audience. It was a delight to see over 120 students volunteering to share their favorite poems.

April Peng, Chinese Primary Coordinator at YCIS Beijing, believes that such events are hugely beneficial to all students, “We held the ‘I am a Poet’ week in order to encourage students to appreciate the Chinese language and culture. Through performing poems and songs that they have chosen, students develop a greater enthusiasm for learning and also grow in confidence and improve greatly in terms of their ability to express themselves in Chinese.”

Learning languages through songs and poems is a great approach to educating children in an entertaining and interactive way while also achieving the principal aim of helping students recognize and remember Chinese words and characters. All Primary students must be congratulated for their continued effort and enthusiasm towards Chinese study.

 

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