Toronto HSK Attracts Chinese Learners of a Broad Variety of Ethnicities

[Source] [Time]    2010-05-27 19:49:57 

Chinanews, May 18th – According to a Canadian World Journal’s report, China’s Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquaters’ Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (“Chinese language proficiency” for short) was held at the Toronto HSK Centre on May 16th.

The HSK Toronto Centre launched an extra HSK this year in order to meet the demands of examinees and their parents. The next exam will be held on Nov. 14th. The majority of this year’s examinees are Chinese Canadians living in Toronto, there will also be South Korean, Australian Canadians and examinees from other Canadian minority groups taking the HSK level 2 to 6. There will be listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing and spoken tests in the HSK. According to the report, this year’s HSK has adopted a brand new pattern that was developed from the 3 previous levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced spread across 6 levels from level-one to level-six.

According to teacher Cao from the Toronto HSK Centre, most examinees applied for the HSK as a requirement of Chinese universities or from their employers in order for them to obtain Chinese-government-issued Chinese proficiency certificates so as to prove possession of the appropriate language proficiency for study and work in China. Amongst examinees there are also those hoping to test their Chinese learning abilities by taking such exams and those aiming to obtain the annual Confucius Institute Scholarship issued by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

The Confucius Institute Scholarship is a special scholarship program established by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in order to reward foreign HSK examinees that have obtained outstanding results in HSK. The Scholarship covers tuition, accommodation fees, monthly allowances and comprehensive medical insurance etc.

In addition, Hanban has also established a one-week summer camp program for foreign students, top examinees of the last year will attend the summer camp program from August 1st to the 7th this year.

The HSK, also known as the Chinese TOFEL, is a nationally standardized Chinese examination that aims to test the Chinese proficiency of speakers of other languages (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and Chinese minority ethnic group examinees). People that have learnt more than 100 Chinese characters are qualified to attend the exam. Examinees are awarded with Chinese Proficiency Certificates issued by the State Commission of the Chinese proficiency Test in Beijing, China. The certificate has become not only a basic requirement when entering Chinese universities, but also vital proof for many employers in gauging the Chinese proficiency of employment applicants. Certain Canadian universities have identified the Chinese Proficiency Certificate/ HSK result as a compulsory requirement for students wishing to apply for Chinese related graduate programs.