Two teachers of Chinese to start work in Kuressaare in autumn this year ({{commentsTotal}})

Beginning in autumn 2016, Chinese will be taught at two levels in Kuressaare high school. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

In the new academic year, two teachers of Chinese will start working for Kuressaare high school in the capital of the island of Saaremaa.

“Starting this autumn, Chinese will be taught in Kuressaare in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at Tallinn University. The teachers have already been selected, and at present the bureaucratic obstacles for the new teachers' arrival in Estonia is being dealt with. Teachers ordinarily arrive in Estonia in the second half of August and start work in September," director of the institute Mikk Kasesalk told BNS.

“We needed two teachers this year, if only because the first group that is learning Chinese as a second foreign language starting in the sixth grade finished the ninth, which means that for the first time it’s possible to teach Chinese at two levels - beginners as well as advanced learners - at the upper secondary school level,” the school’s director of studies, Maidu Varik explained.

Of the 100 students that enrolled for the school’s tenth grade this year, 30 chose Chinese as a second foreign language, Varik observed.

According to Varik, one of the school’s graduates will study at Shanghai University in China.

More than half of the students of general education schools in Estonia currently learning Chinese are students of the high school in Kuressaare, information of the Ministry of Education confirms. 278 studied Chinese in mid-November 2015, 167 of whom did so in Kuressaare.

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Source: BNS

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