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Your vote matters!- Finalist videos of the CCL Video Contest

Here are the two finalists of our CCL video contest. Please watch both videos and vote for who you think should be the winner! Results will be announced next week.

Entry 1 From Angela Wang

Entry 2: From Mikhail Ondar

Who should be the winner of our video contest?

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George and the English

 

One of the many things that make England slightly unusual is that we don’t have a ‘National Day’ or an  ‘Independence Day’. The closest thing we have is the day of our patron saint, St George, though it isn’t a national holiday, and many people may not even be aware of it.

The real Saint George was a Greek Roman soldier who lived in what is now Turkey about 1700 years ago. The Saint George more familiar to English people is a mythological version – a brave knight who killed an evil child-eating dragon. The national flag of England is the St George’s Cross, shown above. It is one of the three flags that make up the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.

Read more about Saint George and watch an animated video at the British Council website here.

Today is also United Nations English Language Day. The 23rd of April was chosen because it is the date “traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare”. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.

Everything Has Its Time – In Memory of Prof. Stephen Hawking

On 31st Mar, the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking was held in the Great St. Mary Church in the heart of Cambridge, a city where he had lived and worked for more than half a century. Families and friends of Prof. Hawking attended the private service, while thousands of locals gathered outside the church to share memory and condolence of the great cosmologist. Actor Eddie Redmayne read an excerpt from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11 in the Bible.  

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh,

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Cambridge Rowing

 

This weekend the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race was held. It’s a race between the boat clubs of Cambridge University and Oxford University. The crews are made up of students. These two universities have a strong tradition in rowing and a strong rivalry between them.

The course is 4 miles long, along the River Thames. The first boat race was in 1829, and it is usually held on the last Sunday of March or the first Sunday of April. During the World Wars, the Boat Race did not happen. It is a very important sporting event in the United Kingdom. Millions of people watch it on television. More than 250,000 people watched it along the river.

We’re happy to report that this year Cambridge won yet again – bringing their total wins to 83. Oxford have won 80 times.

In our winter camp this year our students were able to visit the indoor rowing tank where the Cambridge rowing team practice. We hope to run more of these sessions this summer in order to give CCL students the chance to experience first-hand some of the culture of Cambridge.

 

Two weeks left to get a free place in an English summer camp in Cambridge!

Hey beautiful people! This is a reminder about our amazing video contest for teenagers from all over the world.

By making a two-minute video in English and telling us why you want to study with us in Cambridge this summer, you have a great chance of wining a place in our summer camp.

By attending this summer school, you will

  • Have a study abroad experience in the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge
  • Learn to use English for communication, rather than just taking boring classes
  • Make friends with other young people from all over the world
  • Get the most out of your stay in the UK by visiting various famous tourist destinations

and much more…

Click the post on our homepage for the application form and send it to staff@camlang.co.uk.

It’s high time to step out of your comfort-zone. Don’t miss out! 

Stephen Hawking

One of Cambridge’s most famous residents, scientist Stephen Hawking, died yesterday morning.

 

Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and mathematician. He was one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, and wrote many science books for people who are not scientists. His first book, A Brief History of Time, sold over ten million copies.

Hawking was a cosmologist—someone who studies the structure of the universe (stars and space). He invented important theories about the Big Bang (the start of the universe), black holes and how they work. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position that Isaac Newton once had). He retired on 1 October 2009.

Hawking had a motor neurone disease, and because of that he could not move or talk very well. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 1962, doctors gave him two years to live – but he amazed the world by living for another 56! He used a wheelchair to move, and an Intel computer to talk for him. He died on 14 March 2018.

In 2009, Hawking held a party for time travellers, only sending out invitations after the party had finished. Unfortunately nobody attended the party, so it seems that if we do have time travellers around us, they are staying well hidden!

Happy International Women’s Day from CCL

 

From The British Council:

 

What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. It started with a protest that took place in New York City in 1908 where women went out onto the streets to demand the right to vote, shorter working hours and better pay. Since then it has taken many forms and today it’s a global event that is supported by lots of charities, NGOs, governments and academic institutions. In some countries, March 8 is an official holiday and in other countries it’s an official holiday but only for women.

Why do we need an International Women’s Day?
In today’s world it may appear that women have all the same opportunities as men. If you watch the news you will see women astronauts, women prime ministers and women leaders in business. However, if you look at the statistics you realise there’s still a long way to go. The BBC did a report a few years ago that showed that in the UK women occupied only 30.9% of the most senior positions across a range of jobs in areas like politics, business and policing. So, although progress has been made since 1908, there is still a lot to do before we see an equal number of men and women in the top jobs and receiving equal pay.

How is IWD celebrated in the UK?
A lot of special events take place in towns and cities all over the UK to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are exhibitions, theatre shows, talks, discussions, walking tours, films, workshops, fun runs and so much more. All the events are designed to celebrate the role of women in society and to make us all take a step back and think about the progress that has been made, but also about the changes that still need to take place to ensure the world is a fair and equal place for all its citizens. To find out what is happening in your country have a look on the events page of the International Women’s Day website.

Think globally and act locally
The message for women around the world is to ‘think globally and act locally’. This means to learn about some of the key issues that women face around the world and then to try to take action close to home. Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, is a great example of someone who is doing something to raise awareness about the issues that women face globally. She has launched a campaign called HeForShe, which aims to get people talking at all levels about gender equality. The aim is to create a ‘gender-equal world’. The HeForShe campaign makes it very clear that it’s the role of men as well as women to make changes in all areas of their lives, both at work and in the family, to help make this possible. With the support of UN Women, the United Nations organisation to support women, Emma’s campaign is surely going to make a big impact.

The future
Can you imagine a future where there’s no need at all to even have an International Women’s Day? Where there is total equality for men and women? Hmmm … something to think about but perhaps in your lifetime this could happen!?

Win a place at CCL 2018 with the CCL Video Competition

 

  • Are you a student aged 9-17?

  • Do you dream of coming to Cambridge?

  • Do you have a phone or camera that can take videos?

  • Do you have a passion for learning and a creative side?

 

If the answer to all of these questions is “yes”, you might be the lucky winner of a free two-week summer camp in the UK!

Today we are launching the inaugural CCL Student Video Contest. Make a 1-to-3-minute long video entitled “Why I want to come to CCL 2018” and show us why you’re excited about coming to stay in Cambridge with us. Upload it to a video platform, send us the link, and you’re good to go!

Our judging criteria:

Creativity and originality (20%)
Relevance to the contest theme of English and intercultural communication (20%)
English proficiency of the student (20%)
Public votes for your video on the CCL website (40%)

Three amazing prizes will be offered:

First prize: A free two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018 (tuition and accommodation included)
Second prize: The tuition fee of a two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018
Third prize: a £500 discount if you sign up for any summer camp with CCL in 2018

Tell us your story! Tell us your passion! Tell us your aspirations! And we will cheer for you! Blow our minds with your video and experience an unforgettable summer with CCL in the historic and vibrant city of Cambridge.

The video contest starts today, 5th March. Please email your application form as soon as possible and send us your video (or its link if it’s too big) to staff@camlang.co.uk by 31st March 2018. By entering the competition you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

The public vote for the winner be open from 3rd April to 13th April. The official result will be released on 17th April 2018. Stay tuned to our website and maybe you will be the winner! Good luck!

Application Form

Terms and Conditions

体验异域文化 感受别样生活——中国教科院丰台实验学校赴英师生友好交流访问团活动纪实(一)

我校非常重视国际理解教育,积极开展国际教育和交流活动,加强我校师生与世界各国学校间的交流与合作,旨在增进我校师生与各国学校间了解和友谊,提高我校师生的综合素养,培养具有全球视野、通晓国际规则、能够参与国际事务和国际竞争,兼具我校气质和中华精神的国际化人才。

2018年1月28日至2月6日,中国教育科学研究院丰台实验学校学生进行赴英友好交流访问。此次交流活动得到英国方面热情接待,开阔了学生的视野;增强了学生对国际文化的理解,提升了学生合作意识、交流意识、责任意识和独立意识。

(一)认真组织,完美对接

     英国方面在外出前召开了行前说明会。介绍了我校中英交流项目的背景和意义,说明了赴英期间需要注意的事项,并制定了详细的交流手册,为赴英交流活动做好了充分的物质和心理准备。

        

交流团搭乘1月28日6点45的航班出发,前往英国进行友好访问,于当地时间中午12:40顺利抵达。

          

抵达剑桥后,英国组织方对学生进行了相关注意事项说明后,及时派寄宿家庭来接待学生。在寄宿家庭亲切与热情接待下,学生也一扫旅途疲惫,与寄宿家庭进行了友好交流互动,快速融入到当地家庭生活。

             

(二)学习课程,参与体验

在经过调整和休息后,学生第二天踏上了学习体验之旅。英国组织方为每位学生配备了公交卡和电话卡。学生拿到公交卡后,和当地居民一起等待公交车,与英国司机进行英语沟通交流,完成公交卡充值,并且利用地图提前查询好上下车地点。这些对学生的英语交流、独立意识也是一次很好的体验。

到达剑桥语言培训中心后,培训中心举行了隆重的欢迎仪式。接着进行了分级考试,开始语言课程学习。语言培训中心的场景课堂,融入了剑桥学术氛围,全面提升学生的听说读写等四项技能。

英语课上,学生积极思考,踊跃发言。老师语言诙谐幽默,全英式教学,呈现出师生深厚的语言功底,课堂严肃活泼。学生感触颇多,受益匪浅。

在足球体验课上,组织方先向学生介绍了足球在英国的发展历史,规则的演变。随后,指导教师和我校的学生分组进行了一场别开生面的足球比赛。赛场上,学生和老师一起沐浴阳光、挥洒汗水,相互沟通鼓励,取得了良好的效果。

      牛津剑桥划船比赛始于1829年,至今已有180余年的历史。在这次体验课上,组织方也为学生安排了划船体验。老师认真向学生说明划船比赛的规则、选手的动作要领、比赛中的注意事项。学生听完介绍后,摩拳擦掌、跃跃欲试。在体验过程中,学生积极参与,教练认真纠正每个学生的动作,经过反复练习,学生已经能基本掌握技巧,能够规则有序、步调一致了。

(三)畅游剑桥,感受氛围

学生在剑桥学习期间,在剑桥进行了参观学习。组织方安排专业教师对剑桥的著名学院进行了介绍,讲解学院的发展历程、人物轶事,从牛顿、达尔文、图灵、查尔斯等等名人,到一些喜欢“恶作剧”的学生趣事。学生们听得津津有味,感受颇深。

学生还进行了泛舟剑河活动,充分领略剑河两岸学院最美风光。穿越牛顿桥、叹息桥等等,聆听老师讲解每一个桥曾经发生过的故事。回味中国诗人徐志摩的《再别康桥》,从不同角度来感受剑桥之美。

在剑桥耶稣学院里,培训教师为学生颁发了学习结业证书。学生们高兴地与老师进行合影,依依惜别。

为期10天的交流活动,学生通过了解异国的文化,感受英国的风土人情,聆听了英国教育,进而拓展了学生的视野,培养了学生国际交流能力,为培养具有国际视野、国际情怀的高素质人才奠定了良好的基础。

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