Issue 16
Monday, 25 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Confucius Institute Director Professor Martin Jarvis and Chinese Director of the institute Hua Wang. Photo: Julianne Osborne
Confucius Institute Director Professor Martin Jarvis and Chinese Director of the institute Hua Wang. Photo: Julianne Osborne

Chinese test centre open for business

By Leanne Miles

A new Chinese language test centre has been launched at Charles Darwin University allowing students access to an examination system previously unavailable in the Northern Territory.

The centre, located at CDU’s Confucius Institute will provide examinations in Mandarin that are recognised by the Chinese Government.

Confucius Institute Director Professor Martin Jarvis said the test centre would build on the strong relationships established with with partner universities in China.

“The Confucius Institute was established in 2012 to build relationships between China and the Territory, and to promote an understanding of Chinese culture with a focus on teaching Chinese culture and language,” Professor Jarvis said.

“In 2013 in the first Chinese language class there were five students. The Confucius Institute is now responsible for teaching more than 1200 children and adults.”

Professor Jarvis said the establishment of a Chinese Test Centre (CTC) was one of the primary goals of the Confucius Institute when it was set up.

“The centre was established by the Chinese Government to provide an even standard of competency in Mandarin,” he said. “CDU having a CTC means that school and university students of Chinese languages will now have access to the examination system.”

He said the CTC was one of 13 in Australia and would offer the Chinese Proficiency Test - HSK.

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) was launched by Hanban, the headquarters of Confucius Institutes, to better serve Chinese language learners and is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.

It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the language in their daily, academic and professional lives and comprises six levels.

In addition to the HSK, there is YCT (for primary school children), BCT (for business people) and HSKK for those who want to learn conversational Chinese.

Professor Jarvis said people who passed level three of the HSK would be eligible for a Chinese Government scholarship to study in China.

The CDU Confucius Institute is located on Casuarina campus in Building Orange 2, Level 4.