Confucius Institute to add higher exams
Higher-level Chinese proficiency tests are expected to be available to students in Samoa as soon as this year.
Lower-level exams have been available in Samoa ever since the establishment of the Confucius Institute in Samoa in 2018.
In an interview with the Director of the Samoa Confucius Institute, Dr. Tony Liang, he said that the Institute currently has plans for new higher-level Chinese proficiency tests (known as H.S.K.) as early as the second half of the year.
“We have plans for H.S.K. 1-6 exams. If there are people who want to take HSK 4, 5 and 6 in Samoa, we will host the tests probably in the second half of the year,” Dr. Liang said.
According to Dr. Liang, the Institute has already hosted the first Chinese Proficiency Test in Samoa. Students who will take these tests will be eligible for scholarships to study the Chinese language in China.
“Last November we hosted the first H.S.K. Chinese Proficiency Test in Samoa,” he said.
“Five N.U.S. students took the H.S.K. 1 test. After taking the test, they will be qualified to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship to get sponsored to learn and experience Chinese culture in China.
“I believe more people will be interested and take the H.S.K. test in the future because H.S.K. provides more opportunities to learn and experience more. I think this helps a lot.
“Chinese Proficiency Test is a requirement for application of Confucius Institute scholarships."
Dr. Liang further stated that the Chinese language has developed in Samoa as more institutions take up the studies.
“[The] Chinese language has been taught to university students at the N.U.S. The Confucius Institute teaches children at Apia Primary, Magiagi Primary and Vaivase Primary School. We also offer classes for Ministry of Customs and Revenue and Samoa Tourism Authority employees,” he said.
“And both adult students and kids from local communities can also come to Confucius Institute on NUS campus to learn Chinese language.”
Dr. Liang said the number of students attending the institute now exceeds 300 and activities are hosted to encourage Chinese language learning.
“There are altogether more than 300 students from the university, primary schools and local communities attended the Chinese language courses offered by the institute last year. We held Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) Celebration, and U.N. Chinese Language Day celebration,” he said.
“We also celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival and the first anniversary of Confucius Institute at N.U.S. The Chinese Embassy also offers prizes to N.U.S. Chinese language students to encourage people to study.”