The people of China and Bangladesh both share a deep love for their languages and cultures which led to a team of students majoring in Bengali from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) to organise three "Chinese Character Learning" lectures" for Bangladeshi people.
The team organised the public lectures of Chinese learning from August 10 to 12, which started from 7 pm and ended at 8 pm (Beijing time).
Teachers Ai Lin and Si Lu from Sino-Foreign Language Cooperation and Exchange Center were invited to give the lectures.
The average number of participants in the lectures reached 25, and the total number of participants in the whole Chinese learning activity reached 73.
The idea of holding this event originated from a chat between the team and Bangladeshi friends, where it was discussed that many Bangladeshis could not reach China to study.
And, how difficult it was to get free Chinese learning materials in Bangladesh, so an event was urgently needed to help them leading to the finalisation of the plan.
After several days of thinking, to help as many Bangladeshis as possible, the team prepared three online Chinese lectures, collected some online resources for learning Chinese, and produced some Chinese books with Bengali notes.
In the lecture, to facilitate the participants to understand the teacher's meaning better, the group members also explained in English and Bengali in the chat window.
At the beginning of the activity, the team made a questionnaire for a pre-investigation to understand the needs of the people in Bangladesh to learn Chinese.
According to the results of the pre-investigation, the lecture was divided into two parts - learning method of Chinese characters, and knowledge of Chinese culture. Based on which the two teachers introduced various cultural phenomena in China,
They explained the Pinyin, tones, Chinese characters, Ancient Chinese characters, etc., recommended high-efficiency online Chinese learning resources, and led the participants to practice Chinese communication through dialogue.
At the end of each lecture, a question and answer session were prepared to solve the confusion of friends in Bangladesh.
As an essential step to highlight the cross-cultural communication in the lecture, the teachers also discussed with the participants the differences in communication language in Chinese, English, and Bengali based on their work experience in the United Kingdom.
BFSU, one of best school for language learning in China has offers 101 languages as of 2020. Due to the school's teaching characteristics and the destination of graduates, the school is known as the "cradle of Chinese diplomats", and many well-known Chinese diplomats graduated from this school.