Inspired by the Beijing Olympic Games, the sports meeting day at a Chinese primary school starts with delegations from different countries and an opening ceremony with traditional taijiquan and Beijing Opera performed by the students. Students participate in track and field sport competitions. They find it tiring but good fun, although some might be disappointed if they lose. Teachers usually have to participate in some competitions too. The prize-giving ceremony is always the highlight of the sports meeting.

This clip is from:
Being Chinese
First broadcast:
17 March 2009

Could be used when reviewing the words for countries and is also a good introduction to Chinese sports activities. Pupils can learn expressions of feelings, like ‘excited’, ‘happy’, ‘nervous’, ’tired’ and ‘disappointed’. Pupils could draw a prize award certificate and at the end of the lesson, the teacher could organize a prize reward for the first prize, second prize and third prize for those pupils who remember more sports words from the clip.