Students learn Chinese over sports

September 23rd, 2009  |  by  |  Published in Campus News

boy playing ping pong

For three weeks in July 2009, 21 secondary students from Hawaiʻi and across the country converged on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to speak Chinese and play sports.

The students acquired basic communication skills in Mandarin Chinese while living in Frear Hall dormitory and participating in table tennis and martial arts under the tutelage of champion-level instructors from the Peopleʻs Republic of China.

The Confucius Institute Startalk Chinese Language Immersion Sports Camp was funded by U.S. and PRC government agencies. In addition to the youth camp, it hosted a summer teacher-training institute, providing 22 teachers from across the country with meaningful and technology-driven activities for Chinese language instruction.

Read more about UH Confucius Institute programs.

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