First New YCT Test Launched in Paris with over 200 Students Participating

[Source]    the Confucius Classroom at Nouvelles D’Europe [Time]    2011-11-15 17:17:09 

The examinees earnestly answering questions (photo by Huang Guanjie)

Minister Counselor Zhu Xiaoyu (right) inspecting the examination rooms in the company of Vice President Chen Xiaoyan and Manager Xu Jiarong (left)

[Nouvelles D'europe Reporter Huang Guanjie] Paris, November 12th—The New Youth Chinese Test (YCT) was successfully launched at the Confucius Classroom at Nouvelles D’Europe. This was the first time that a test of this kind was hosted in Paris. A total of 220 pupils from local primary and secondary schools took the test, which consisted of 4 levels. Minister Counselor Zhu Xiaoyu from the Education Office at the Chinese Embassy in France, and First Secretary Liu Jingyu came to inspect the examination room and visit the examinees in the company of Chen Xiaoyan, Vice Presient of Nouvelles D'europe.

Minister Counselor Zhu Xiaoyu noted that it is of great significance for the Confucius Classroom to host the YCT test, which is an important part of the Chinese Language Year in France. Since Chinese learning flourishes in France, the test will present Chinese learners with a uniform assessment criterion.

She stated that the new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage primary school and secondary school students whose first language is not Chinese to learn Chinese, and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004, Hanban has invited experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to grasp the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning. The new YCT is an internationally standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, aiming to assess young foreign students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and an oral test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The oral test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level). The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners’ self-confidence and follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”. It bases the design of the test on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

The examinees will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks of the test. The results of the test can serve the following purposes: a method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese; a reference for Chinese language instruction in schools; a method for Chinese educational or training institutions to evaluate their teaching or training results; a benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

The Project Manager of the Confucius Classroom, Xu Jiarong, told reporter that after the test was announced, a large number of students registered for the test, and some students were encouraged to take the test next year due to space limitations.

The classroom invited supervisors and enacted a strict seat and time policy to carry out the test in accordance with Hanban’s requirements. The examinees’ performance indicated that they have reached a fairly high level of Chinese proficiency.

A student who has just taken the YCT level 3 told reporter that the test was very easy and he completed it ahead of 20 minutes. He plans to take the YCT level 4 next year.

(Editor: Hai Ran)