A Chinese cultural programme to help students broaden cultural awareness was organised by Jerudong International School (JIS) for their Year 7 students recently as part of the foreign language (Chinese) curriculum.
Thirty five students learning foreign language (Chinese) in Year 7 got the experience of learning and practising Wu Bu Quan (Five Step Fist), a basic Chinese Martial Art with Coach Li Hui and his team from the Brunei National Wushu Team while as well as key phrases and
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken first language of the world. “Curriculum enrichment is a vital part of the holistic education on offer at Jerudong International School and the Foreign Language Chinese Cultural Programme is an outstanding example of how we enable students to learn not just linguistic skills but a deeper cultural appreciation of China,” said principal Nicholas Sheehan.
“This is vitally important to the linguistic development of young people and I have been impressed with the range of activities arranged by our committed teachers.”
The school provides opportunities for students of different abilities and language backgrounds from Junior School to Senior School to build up their language proficiency in Chinese to communicate effectively with Mandarin Chinese speakers around the world.
The language courses provided include Qtalk Chinese Programme in Junior School, IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese and IGCSE First Language Chinese and IBDP Chinese in the Senior School. Apart from acquiring linguistic competence in the four macro-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the school said that it was equally important that their students develop an awareness of and respect for the Chinese culture.
This will provide them with a better understanding of their own role within the global community and equip them with the intercultural competence essential for their future role as global citizens, said the school.
Cultural programmes such as Chinese New Year celebration, Mid-Autumn festival celebration, Dragon Boat Festival Celebration, Chinese calligraphy writing, Chinese cultural quiz, Chinese food cooking, wushu practice and Chinese Immersion Day activities take place in different year groups at JIS throughout the academic year.