The summer course 2014 for Chinese started on 13 January, about a dozen people were present at the opening, then they were divided into two groups according to their level of proficiency for lessons.
The participants at the opening.
It is the objective of the Confucius Institute to promote the teaching and learning of Chinese and to spread the Chinese culture, which is also the main reason why the Confucius Institute has been warmly welcomed and highly received throughout the world. In 2010, the Confucius Institute finally started operation at the University of Cape Town, the oldest and best university in South Africa. It began by offering Chinese courses for UCT students through SLL, the Humanities. It has successfully trained three batches of students totaling 200 so far.
The Confucius Institute started to offer its own courses in 2013 since the institute is a joint establishment with UCT, with the mission of promoting Chinese in the local communities. The courses are designed to be year-long courses, divided into two semesters, with mid-semester and winter breaks in between. Our courses (as distinguished from those offered through SLL and listed in the students’ handbooks.) are aimed at adult learners who work in day time, hence classes meet from late afternoon to early evening. At the end of each course, students may write the HSK tests, the reports may serve as proof of one’s Chinese proficiency. In November 2013, the first closing ceremony was held at the Confucius Institute, and Prof. Madiba, deputy dean of CHED, attended the function and delivered a short speech.
As the New Year had just passed, we started a new summer course from 13 January, with 5 persons attending, including Prof. Kalula, director of the IAPO. The learners are all really motivated and want to learn the language and be able to use it in work. Richard Slatem is preparing to work in Hong Kong from April, so he quitted his job and devotes all his time to learning the Chinese. How he understands simple sentences and is able to talk in Chinese.
The institute plans to offer both beginning and intermediate courses of Chinese in 2014, divided into two semesters. We welcome people to sign up for our courses, which are all promotional in nature and no tuition fees are charged. For details, please visit our website or contact our office.