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Confucius Institute update

22 Mar 2023

Read about top prizes in the Chinese language teaching competition and the UK tour of Behind the Curtain.

Top prizes in Chinese language teaching competition

On 25 February, four of our teachers took part in the final of a UK nationwide Chinese Teaching competition in London after winning their places in the regional heats. The competition was divided into Teaching to adults group and Teaching to primary and secondary school group, and the judges were made up of the expert academics and experienced language teachers in the UK.

Following a day’s teaching demonstration including acting students in the classroom, Jessica Chen won the top prize of Teaching to adults group whereas Emma Huang won the third prize of Teaching to primary and secondary schools group. This outstanding results reaffirm the position of Manchester Confucius Institute as the excellent Mandarin learning centre in the UK. Each year we teach over 250 adults and hundreds of pupils in local schools such as Stockport Grammar, Withington Girls’ School, All Hallows Catholic College and Priestly College.

UK Tour of Behind the Curtained Door

Following the successful premier in September 2022 at Martin Harris Centre, Behind the Curtained Door, a play commissioned by Manchester Confucius Institute, produced by the drama department, will start its UK tour in June to Leeds, Nottingham and Edge Hill universities. The play will feature the full student cast and be directed by Lauren Lees (2nd year), produced by Yanni Ng (3rd year) and set and sound managed by Samuel Hedley.

Behind the Curtained Door follows three Chinese women of different generations whose friendships prove to be stronger than the lies and betrayals they face together. In a run-down flat in Oldham, Ah Luk is coming to terms with the recent loss of her husband while her neighbour Ping and their niece Yiling attempt to comfort her. It tells the story of how three Chinese women find love and happiness while their lives disintegrate.