Hanban’s 1st Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats Concludes

[Source]    Division of Communication [Time]    2010-07-11 10:32:04 

Beijing, July 10th –The closing ceremony for the 1st Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats sponsored by Hanban was held, 31 participating foreign diplomats were issued graduation certificates by Hanban.

In order to help foreign diplomats learn Chinese, Hanban launched the 1st Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats in Feb. 27th 2010. The 17-week Chinese program attracted the participation of diplomats from 16 countries including Slovenia, Poland, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. Hanban made careful preparations for the program, compiled special teaching materials, employed experienced teachers to teach basic Chinese and opened Chinese cultural experience curriculums such as Chinese calligraphy and tai chi chuan etc.

Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban stated: “over the past 17 weeks, 31 students overcame all difficulties and maintained their passion for Chinese learning, this is very touching. Hanban will launch more similar Chinese programs so as to satisfy foreign diplomats’ increasing demands for Chinese learning and it will also improve the quality of the program.”

H.E. Mr. Tadeusz Chomicki, Polish Ambassador to China said although foreign diplomats are embroiled in the workings of their daily lives, they have are increasingly recognizing the necessity for Chinese learning. Through the Chinese program, we have learned some knowledge of basic Chinese and got to know many teachers and extremely patient volunteer Chinese teachers, they have become our good friends.

Students attending the Chinese program were divided into two classes to study 12 commonly encountered topics, such as: greetings, shopping, times and dates, dinning and so forth. In addition, the Confucius Institute Online also opened up special subjects and distributed instructors to foreign diplomats in order to help students grasp basic Chinese skills for daily communication.

In accordance with foreign diplomats’ requirements, Hanban is planning to launch the Intermediate Class of the 1st Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats and the 2nd elementary class simultaneously.