Confucius Institute at Phuket, Thailand, Held HSK Test

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Phuket [Time]    2013-12-03 13:30:36 
 

On October 20, the Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, held the seventh HSK Test of 2013 in Phuket, Trang, and Surathani, its three testing centers. Altogether 409 people sat tests of various levels.

The cool vacation of Thailand during which the HSK Test was held did not abate examinees' enthusiasm. Among the examinees ranging in age from 10 to 44, the youngest ones were three elementary students of the fifth grade from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. The test of this time not only served the purpose of evaluating students' Chinese proficiency and teachers' Chinese teaching efficiency, but equipped the upcoming new term with significant guiding information. Meanwhile, it also provided a solid verification for the ideology of popularizing Chinese proficiency tests to which the Confucius Institute at Phuket has been adhering, "promoting teaching with tests; promoting learning with tests; combining tests with teaching ".

By strengthening its relation with universities, middle schools and primary schools in Southern Thailand, the Confucius Institute at Phuket is able to make full use of respective advantages of resources of the Confucius Institute and Confucius Classroom, arrange teachers to organize HSK Tests and scholarship fairs, and help learners of Chinese language and native Chinese teachers know more about HSK as well as its significance as a criterion of evaluating Chinese teaching and a method of broadening learners' path of development. Over 200 people from the Phuket Wittayalai School and Satree Phuket School registered for the test, which, according to Dr. Zhang Xinling, Director of the Confucius Institute at Phuket, revealed the success of the Institute in making Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in Southern Thailand cooperate with and complement the advantages of one another.

In the test of this time, Surathani testing center received five special examinees, among whom were Qi Hui and Qi Xian, twin sisters from the Surathani Middle School who have been learning Chinese for two and a half years before taking the exam of HSK Level-Ⅳ. They said they liked Chinese very much and found it very interesting. With the increase of learning time, they felt Chinese less difficult than before, and looked forward to studying in a Chinese university.

The other three special examinees, Ma Hanqin,Ma Weinan and Ma Minqi, are members of a family, and they take HSK Level Ⅲ Test. Ma Hanqin,his son Ma Weinan, and his daughter Ma Minqi, are of Chinese origin, but they know little about Chinese language. After more than a year's learning, Ma Hanqin said that it was necessary for the ethnic Chinese to learn Chinese well and remember their origin. He hoped his family could pass the exam and find a way to trace their ancestry through Chinese language.

Aiming at the smoothness of this test, the Confucius Institute at Phuket organized a systematic pre-examination training of its teachers and made detailed and careful arrangements, including fixing up examination rooms, setting up equipment and so on. On the very day of the examination, all staff engaged in it and performed their duties, and all examination rooms were well-ordered and examinees answered questions attentively.

In order to meet the increasing demands of Chinese language learners in Southern Thailand, the Confucius Institute at Phuket organizes six to ten Chinese proficiency tests of different types every year. It has also selected scientific and proper test time and realized the normalization of Chinese proficiency tests to draw more interested individuals.


An on-site photo of the HSK Test at the Trang Test Center


An on-site photo of the HSK I held at the Trang Test Center


Examinees, fifth graders of a primary school in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province


An on-site photo taken at the Surathani Test Center

By Sun Yipeng