Uganda to boost Chinese language learning in high school

(Xinhua) 12:00 p.m., September 25, 2022

Hilda Ayebare, a Ugandan teacher of Chinese, speaks during a capacity building workshop for local Chinese teachers at Luyanzi Institute of Technology in Wakiso district, Uganda, September 23, 2022. A workshop two-day capacity-building workshop for language teachers opened the Confucius Classroom at the Luyanzi Institute of Technology in Uganda’s central district of Wakiso on Friday. (Photo by Nicholas Kajoba/Xinhua)

Uganda is in the process of finalizing approval for a Chinese language teaching program that will enable upper secondary school students to learn the language, a government official said on Friday.

Henry Adramunguni, foreign language program specialist at the state-run National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), said the program is awaiting final approval from the NCDC board. The Academic Steering Committee has already approved the program, he said.

Adramunguni was speaking at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop for local Chinese language teachers held at the Confucius Classroom of the Luyanzi Institute of Technology here in the district. central Ugandan Wakiso. The seminar and competition were organized by the Confucius Institute of Makerere University.

He said that with China’s help, 500 local language teachers will be trained in Chinese language teaching. He said some of the teachers will upgrade to teach in high school.

The specialist said that China, through the Confucius Institute of Makerere University, is willing to support the writing of textbooks for the implementation of the Chinese language curriculum for senior secondary.

Uganda already teaches Chinese language at the lower secondary level after training groups of local language teachers.

According to the NCDC, students who take Chinese language learning at the upper secondary level are likely to be admitted to several educational institutions, where they can advance their studies.

Gilbert Gumoshabe, the Ugandan director of the Confucius Institute at Makerere University, said that at the end of the two-day training and competition, the best teachers will be rewarded.

The contest helps teachers measure and evaluate their skills in teaching the Chinese language, Gumoshabe said.

“It is more of a refresher course for these teachers. We can measure their competence in teaching the Chinese language. By speaking it or using it as a means of communication, it enriches your vocabulary” , said the director.

(Web Editor: Bianji, Liang Jun)


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