Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana Active in Its Promotion of HSK

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana [Time]    2011-11-02 14:44:14 

Gaborone, October 23rd-25th – The Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana arranged three consecutive Chinese proficiency tests. On October 23rd, the Confucius Institute held the second HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) in 2011. A total of 55 examinees took the test. On October 24th and 25th, the midterm examination of the eighth Chinese class was held and a total of more than 200 students sat the examination.

In July 2009, Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana opened the first Chinese language class in the history of the university itself as well as that of Botswana. Eighty one students without even a rudimentary knowledge of Chinese were recruited. The Confucius Institute has now held its first HSK in December 2010 after one-year’s teaching. A total of 16 examinees took the test, earning certificates. The second HSK took place in April. The eighth Chinese language class is now under way and 259 students have been enrolled in this period. Students were divided into 14 classes and 8 grades according to level. On October 23rd, the Confucius Institute launched the third HSK and a total of 55 examinees sat the test, this was a great increase in numbers in comparison with the last two tests. With this increase in the number of Confucius Institute students, along with the enhancement of student Chinese proficiency and the increased eligibility for employment and support in applying for study in China etc. afforded by certified students, it can be expected that the number of students sitting this test will continue to increase in the future.

In an effort to incorporate the Chinese courses offered by the Confucius Institute into the integrated framework of Chinese language teaching of the Headquarters and enable more students to become acquainted with HSK, the Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana is determined to make effective use of Chinese testing recourses provided by the Headquarters and take active measures to promote HSK in teaching and examinations (midterm examinations and final examinations) based on the status of each class from this phase. The teachers of Confucius Institute cooperated actively, making elaborate preparations in organizing and implementing the midterm examinations held on October 24th and 25th allowing their smooth running. The Confucius Institute will summarize and analyze successes and failures in the organization and arrangement of the tests in an effort to effectively achieve the aim of “promoting teaching by means of testing and promoting learning by means of testing” with the HSK as its foundation in future teaching and testing. (Contributed by Kong Nianwen, Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana)