HSK Test Successfully Launched at Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

[Source]    Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg [Time]    2011-06-08 10:16:39 

Nuremberg, May 22nd—The Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg launched the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). Thanks to the hard work of 5 proctors (Feng Huixian, Du Hongmei, Wang Junling, Li Jiao and Wang Jing) and the great support of the Language Centre of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the test proved to be a great success.

Ms. Feng Huixian undertook the organization of the examination. The Association of Chinese Language Teaching in German Speaking Countries and the Department of Sinology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg lent great support to the pre-exam promotion. It is particularly worth mentioning that Ms. Yu Yan from the International Center for Chinese Language Examination also gave a warm helping hand.

A total of 91 examinees signed up for the test session which consisted of a written test from levels 1-6 and an oral test in 3 levels (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced). The level-3 exam witnessed the largest number of test takers, accounting for about one-third of the total. Among all the test takers, the youngest was only 16 years old and the oldest was 58 years old, with the majority being in their 20s and 30s. The overwhelming majority of the examinees were local German people and 3 were ethnic Chinese. Others included one person from Australia and one from Eastern Europe. They came from all walks of life, including secondary school students, college students, doctors with rich working experience and truck drivers. This indicates that more and more German people have realized the importance of learning the Chinese language now and in the future. The fever for learning Chinese owes much to the rapid development of the Chinese economy and to the efforts of the Institute to host various activities to promote Chinese culture. Moreover, there is a new trend among adult learners, that is, more and more learners are no longer content with introductory knowledge of Chinese language, they desire to master Chinese and to be able to write Chinese characters. In the future, the Institute will make further efforts to expand enrollment and help more people in learning Chinese.