On the 18th of January, at the beginning of the new semester, the Confucius Institute of the University of Nairobi held an orientation for Chinese learners. Martha, the Administrator of the Confucius Institute, asked interacted with the students by asking questions like, "Why did you choose Chinese?" so as to introduce the importance of Chinese language to the students. After their discussion, Martha summarized and introduced the Chinese language courses offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi.
Martha pointed out that learning Chinese is not just learning a different language; it also brings opportunities that students cannot afford to ignore. Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi and Tianjin Normal University are cooperative institutions, this gives them an upper hand in that If they achieve a certain level of Chinese language proficiency, they will be given the opportunity to obtain scholarships from the Chinese government to study Chinese in China. This is a very good opportunity for the trainees themselves, to be able to travel abroad and experience different cultures. In addition, the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi offers a variety of Chinese clubs, including choir, dance, dragon and lion dance, nachaku and tai chi. Students join these clubs as per their areas of interests , and in the clubs, teachers use Chinese as the language of instruction . These clubs not only help Students learn how to speak Chinese and improve their Chinese proficiency, but also the members of the clubs often have opportunities to perform in companies and enterprises. They also have the opportunity to participate in summer camps and study in China. Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi offers Chinese Corner activities every Friday, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting, Chinese history, Chinese food, which teaches them more about Chinese culture; and if students study hard and get good grades ,they can participate in the Chinese Bridge Competition to get chance to go to China.
We are hoping that the students will study hard at the Confucius Institute of the University of Nairobi in order to gain a better understanding of the opportunities. Finally, Martha explained the course rules.
At the end of the orientation, students were at the beginning of the new semester enthusiastic and joined the special clubs.