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The Confucius Institute’s first Chinese teaching Course ended smoothly

  发布时间: 2014-05-22   信息员:

Recently, the Confucius Institute’s first Chinese teaching Course Pilot Mandarin Course for DUT Staff Membersjointly built by FAFU and DUT ended smoothly, each student got the course-completion certificate signed by both sides’ directors of Confucius Institute.

The students were practicing pronunciation

The course officially started on March 19th, and was offered during a period of five weeks, twice or 4 hours each week, with a total of 20 hours of class. It was the first Chinese class set up by the Confucius Institute of DUT after its formal operation since mid-February. Though the preparative time of the course was short, it quickly attracted the foreign universities’ faculties and staffs. There were more than 10 students, including Dr Lolie Makhubu, the director of language and translation department of DUT and other faculties, staffs and foreign teachers of DUT.

The teaching content of this experimental class included Chinese language and culture and basic oral Chinese; The Course aimed to make students to master Chinese pinyin, pronunciation and intonation, to practice the simple writing of Chinese characters and the preliminary daily oral conversations, to preliminarily understand the trajectory and characteristics of Chinese language and characters, and to cultivate the students' interest in Chinese language and culture. Through learning, students had somewhat mastered basic Chinese pinyin system, could use about 80 Chinese characters and 10 basic points of Chinese grammar for basic dialogue. They could also learn an average of five cultural knowledge points such as Chinese tea culture, the origin of Chinese characters, Chinese Gung Fu, ancient architecture and so on.

The course-completion certificate

As an experiment course, the Chinese class has got a good effect, It improved the knowledge and acceptance about Chinese language and culture of teachers and students of DUT, expanded the influence of the Durban Confucius Institute, and also laid the foundation for the next step of language teaching of Confucius Institute.

It is reported that the Confucius Institute has already started Chinese experimental coursePilot Mandarin CourseDUT Studentsdestinating to DUT students on April 22nd in order to satisfy DUT students studying Chinese language and culture. There were 12 students who participated in the course. The Course is going smoothly at present. In addition, this month, the Confucius Institute also plans to open the Short Chinese Course primarily destinating to teachers and students of DUT and providing them with all levels of Chinese language training. The Basic Chinese Continuous Professional Education Course destinating to the citizens of Durban are now in active preparation, the work of propaganda for recruiting students has been actively carried out in cooperation with the relevant departments of DUT; In addition, the project of Mandarin Fun/Interest Course destinating to local high school students of Durban is also actively prepared by consulting or arranging with different partners.

At present, the Confucius Institute of FAFU is trying, in accordance with the relevant regulations of DUT, to promote the Chinese teaching with multi-levels, multi-objects and diversification, and to make the Chinese teaching integrating into the foreign university’s Credit Courses or General Education Courses as soon as possible.


Correspondant/Photogragher: The Confucius Institute  Fu Chaobo 

Translator:      College of Liberal Arts and Law   Lin Lulin

                     Zheng Wei

Auditor:          College of Crop Science  Lu Yunhai

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