Well, if anyone were to ask me that question I would definitely reply: 很忙！
Wow. What a busy term this has been. And how quickly it’s flown! It’s been full of language lessons, cultural lessons, crafts and lots of questions from students really interested in China and its culture.
One of our great successes this term is the launch of our Facebook page, so please ‘like’ us and keep up to date with things going on in and out of the Academy: Djanogly City Academy – Confucius Classroom.
In the next month we are expecting the return of our two Hanban teachers, Xiaoxiao Liang and Rui Zhu, who will be supporting me internally as well as with some outreach work. And in three days time we’re off to China on the Hanban/IOE CI Autumn Camp. I shall be joining Mr Scott in taking 9 students to Beijing and Shanghai (See the cover photo), along with 490 other students and teachers! It’s going to be fun if tiring! I will be sending through updates via Twitter, Weibo, Keek and our Facebook so please keep an eye out on our activities!
With everyone having had a good night’s sleep the morning kicked off with revision of yesterday’s topics (some fantastic memories so no worries there) before looking at Chinese’s best bit, its characters! We looked at how Chinese and its characters evolved and its stroke order before putting into practice what we’d learnt with some character practice of yesterday’s numbers! The students did brilliantly and passed a short test with flying colours (Let’s see how they do tomorrow!)Sarah shows the students performances of Beijing and Sichuan Opera
Bad to the bone?
After lunch students were split into two groups that would rotate, with one firstly tackling Beijing Opera masks, the wonder of Sichuan opera’s ‘face changing masks’ (变脸), the meaning behind the different colours (did you know lots of green means you’re impulsive and lots of blue means you’re ruthless or wise?) before designing their own. Once masks were successfully designed on paper, students then started on painting their blank masks, which is good because white means you’re evil in Chinese!
Proud as punch!
Is it s plane? Is it a bird? No it's Opera Man!
Cathy with her eager students - everyone loves dragons!
Cathy with her students, eager to learn how to draw their dragons! I met Cathy last year and she is wonderful, very patient and very supportive of students. Her session is aimed at helping even weak artists create a masterpiece. By gonig through the stages, step-by-step, students follow Cathy as she draws on the board until they have a fully fledged dragon before them! Once finished in pencil students use pens to go over their lines and colour in their dragons, bringing them to life.
Cathy drawing her dragon
Students get stuck into their own masterpieces!
The (almost) finished pieces!