The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury Held the First Chinese Language Class for the Immigration Office in Christchurch
In October 2017, twenty staff members of MBIE’s Department of Immigration office in Christchurch completed ten weeks’ of Chinese language instruction, which was offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC).
CIUC tailored the Chinese course according to the requirements of the Immigration Office. The course included the basic knowledge of Pinyin (the Chinese romanised alphabet), daily greetings and Chinese for business. Alongside the Chinese language teaching, the teacher also included some information about Chinese business etiquette and traditional Chinese culture in the course. After the course ended, students said that they felt that the course had not just helped them learn some basic Chinese language, but also opened their eyes to China’s potential.
According to feedback, students said the teacher’s humorous teaching style made the course easy and fun. Some indicated that it was a challenge to learn Chinese, one adding that ‘I am attracted by this fabulous language.’ Others pointed out that the content that they learned in the class was quite useful. Phrases such as ‘好久不见’ (‘long time no see’) ‘你最怎么样？’ (‘How have you been?’) are easy ways to quickly improve relationships with Chinese clients . The students also said that the course was well-directed and practical.
This is the first time that the CIUC specially designed a Chinese course for immigration staff. The course was highly commended by the participants of the class. The person who is organised the collaboration with the Confucius Institute said that he hoped there would be more Chinese courses offered by CIUC in the future.