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Success in Chinese short film competition

Two short films made by Year 8 ACG Strathallan students have been awarded merit in a national Chinese film competition.

‘Luke’s Intro’ by student Luke Mitchell and ‘Freliim’ by Freja Willeter, Lisa Tang and Imogen Gadd were recognised in the 2017 New Zealand School Students Chinese Short Film Contest.

The competition aimed to highlight Chinese language and culture in a fun and engaging way.

“We like editing and filming videos as well as learning Chinese so we thought we could mix the two and have some fun,” Imogen said.

The films were wholly in Chinese – no mean feat for students only in their second year of learning the language. For Luke, it was proof that he can communicate effectively in Chinese. “It’s a good indication that I’m on the pathway to being fluent, which is the ultimate goal.”

He said his favourite thing about learning Chinese is putting it into practice. “I like how the textbook, however essential, is only the tip of the iceberg.”

The New Zealand School Students Chinese Short Film Contest is hosted by International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) and the New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association