“South Africa welcomes you”
Department of Tourism of South Africa launches a new mode of Chinese language training

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Center [Time]    2016-11-03 15:45:24 
 

To develop the tourism of South Africa, the Department of Tourism of South Africa and the Confucius Classroom at Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Center in South Africa jointly launched the first Chinese language training program on September 21st, local time. Through careful selection, the Department of Tourism of South Africa finally chose 20 outstanding front-line staff and managerial personnel from such sectors as the hospitality industry, museum and tourism to participate in this training program.

This full-time training program lasts for three months and offers 40 teaching hours in each of the 12 weeks. The curriculum was designed and taught by the teaching faculty of the Confucius Classroom. In addition to a Chinese proficiency course, the Confucius Classroom had also prepared “customized” Chinese culture courses for the participants, such as comparison between culture of China and South Africa, traditional Chinese culture and modern life, tourism in China and South Africa, business etiquette and case analysis of tourism. The intensity of time and tasks of this program as well as its rich and practical content marked a new mode of training programs for government ministries of South Africa.

Tokozile Xasa, Deputy Minister of Tourism of South Africa; Li Song, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa; Zheng Wen, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa; Dr. Lu Zhilei, Local Director of the Confucius Classroom, Prof. Li Xiaoyan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Classroom, 10 Chinese language teachers and all the students of the training program attended the opening ceremony.


Tokozile Xasa (middle), Deputy Minister of Tourism, and Li Song (right), Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, at the opening ceremony

While addressing the event, Tokozile Xasa indicated that with deepening South Africa-China ties and increasingly enhanced people-to-people exchanges, it was getting more and more crucial to overcome language barriers between the two countries. She hoped that students in this program would make the most of this opportunity and pass on what they could learn to more youths in South Africa. Xasa also mentioned that by the end of this program, all of the 20 students would be offered opportunities to seek further training in China.

Li Song stated in his speech that offering foreign language training to personnel in the tourism industry by the Department of Tourism of South Africa would enable the industry to provide more internationalized services and attract more foreign visitors, including Chinese visitors, to experience the magic and beauty of the Rainbow Nation. In the meantime, six other ministries of South Africa, including the Department of International Relations & Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology and Department of Tourism, all organized Chinese language training programs, which demonstrated that with deepening China-South Africa ties and increasingly enhanced people-to-people exchanges, it was getting more important to overcome language barriers between the two countries, and the “Chinese language fever” was on the increase in South Africa.


Students and teachers singing “South Africa Welcomes you” together

At the opening ceremony, students also performed the song South Africa Welcomes You in Chinese adapted from Beijing Welcomes You, and the traditional Zulu dance, winning rounds of applauses and cheers. The opening ceremony concluded in a relaxing and warm atmosphere.

Story by Jin Yu

 
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