Chinese language programme to launch formally in UAE faculties in September

A Chinese language program will officially launch in UAE schools beginning this September, a file with the aid of the UAE Ministry of Education has revealed. Titled, ‘Chinese Language Programme: Current Status and Future Plans,’ the ministry report that was reviewed with the aid of the Emirates News Agency, Wam, referred to the “historic height” in members of the family in the UAE and China, including that there is a growing hobby among “Emirati human beings to recognize the Chinese language and culture.”

Hussain Al Hammadi, the UAE Minister of Education, and the Confucius Institute’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ma Jianfei, signed an MoU on Monday to introduce the Chinese language in UAE schooling curricula, in the course of the state visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China.

According to the Ministry, reviews – the ‘National Chinese Language Curriculum Framework,’ which makes a specialty of the pupil mastering outcomes, and the ‘National Chinese Curriculum Syllabus,’ which focuses on the details and scope of the content material – had been prepared to support the implementation of the Chinese language curriculum for the 2019-2020 educational 12 months.


The Ministry defined that the ‘National Chinese Language Curriculum Framework’ adopts a stage-primarily based method to learning the Chinese language, noting that the program will start for students in grades 7 to twelve in 60 faculties during the primary section of the task. The framework describes learning consequences for college students in the above-stated grades throughout a six-level scale, with four capabilities addressed one after the other within every level. Each stage of the Ministry’s Chinese Language Levels is aligned with the Chinese Language Proficiency Test, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

The file said that the Ministry of Education plans to recruit hundred and fifty Chinese language teachers for the academic yr 2019-2020. Teaching resources also are being developed by using the Ministry. According to the document, the 18-part book ‘Across the Silk Route’ for the 2019-2020 instructional year cowl the six stages – every level has three books. The report explained that the book series undertakes a “holistic approach” to mastering and emphasizes developing listening, talking, analyzing, and writing capabilities.

The number one purpose of the collection is to help students in UAE colleges to “set up a strong foundation of vocabulary” and “expertise of Chinese and communicative abilties through the herbal and slow integration of language, content, and cultural elements,” the report added. Other books are also being evolved in cooperation with China’s Nishan Press to assist UAE students in better recognizing the Chinese way of life and society through nine aspects – artwork and layout, mathematics, geography, technology, tune and drama, records, literature, sports, and culture.

Following its release in September 2019, the program’s implementation stage might be accomplished over three years. The record stated that ongoing tracking and assessment processes would take the region to ensure its effectiveness. The document said that plans to set up a “Chinese Centre” at the Ministry are in progress, adding a need for the center to be mounted so that Chinese professionals carry out the tracking and assessment procedures.

“Continuous support from the UAE and China are of essential importance to the sustainable improvement of Chinese getting to know and teaching at colleges,” the record highlighted. In 2017, the Ministry of Education’s Under-Secretaries, Dr. Harmad Al Yahyaei and Matar Alhameli, visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hanban, in Beijing to discuss how the Chinese language curriculum could be applied in UAE schools.

A report was submitted to the Ministry of Education through the Confucius Institute’s Professor Zhiping Zhu and Dr. Xiaoming Lan in July 2017, marking the development of the implementation of the Chinese language program. Two months later, following a rigorous selection and training, the primary 20 Chinese language teachers were recruited and deployed to 11 public schools to teach Chinese to grade 10 college students. The UAE Ministry of Education introduced last yr that the Chinese language would be taught in one hundred faculties in 2019 via pupil clubs to 9th, 10th, eleventh, and twelfth-grade college students.

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