578 students from Davao Christian High School passed varying levels of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) last January 12, 2019. HSK is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels and is administered by the Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
"Our goal is for [our students] to at least pass Level 3 by Grade 10," says Mr. Brian Lopez, the Chinese Principal of the school. "We usually start the review on the year that they will taking the test by taking some mock tests to familiarize them with how the test will be conducted. It’s our equivalent of the CEM diagnostic test students take for Math, English, and Science. [It is] a way for us to objectively measure the students mastery of the language based on international standard."
The Chinese Department aims to provide students with more opportunities through the teaching of Chinese as a second language. By equipping them with the ability to communicate in meaningful and intentional conversations, students will be able to expand their field of opportunities either in their pursuing of a higher education or in their respective career ventures.