Smart Partnership Mandarin Authentic Learning Program at Kongzi Institute, University of Malaya
A total of 24 students from Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) had successfully completed the Smart Partnership Mandarin Authentic Learning Programme on 25 March 2017. The programme was organized by Mandarin Language and Culture Centre (MLCC), Foreign Languages Department of Centre for Modern Language and Human Sciences (CMLHS) in conjunction with Kongzi Institute, University of Malaya. It was held at Kongzi Institute, University of Malaya.
UMP students who studies Mandarin for Intermediate had participated in the programme which aimed at practicing Mandarin among themselves and providing exposure of HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) exam format to UMP students.
The programme participants were students from East Asian Studies, University of Malaya (UM). These students were majoring in China Studies which their Mandarin Levels were equal to HSK Level 3-4. With their advanced knowledge in Mandarin, they played active role as mentors to UMP students during the programme.
The volunteer language teacher from Kongzi Institute, University of Malaya Ms. Wen Wenya gave a warm welcome to UMP students and the accompanying teachers, Ms Yong Ying Mei (Director of Mandarin Language & Culture Centre), Ms Cheng Ching Yee (Mandarin teacher from Centre for Modern Languages & Human Sciences), Ms Chen Yin Teng and Ng Xiu Wen (Practical Teachers from New Era College, Kajang).
The half day programme were divided into three sessions. The first session was the ice-breaking session between UMP students and UM students. They were instructed to be in pairs where they needed to introduce their new friend by using Mandarin. The second session was the short film-making session. Participants were given topics where they had to perform a one minute conversation in Mandarin. The last session was the Mandarin quiz conducted based on the HSK test format.
The programme ended with the prize-giving ceremony and the closing speech by Ms Yong Ying Mei. She expressed her utmost gratitude to the UM students that had interacted actively with UMP students. She welcomed UM students to visit UMP for further Mandarin learning programme in the future.
By Cheng Ching Yee