Seychelles: ‘Ni Hao!’ – Confucius Institute At University of Seychelles Opens Language Lab

Chinese language learners from Seychelles have obtained better facilities to learn about the language and culture with the opening of a language lab from Confucius Institute on Wednesday.

A language lab is a facility where students learning a foreign language can access audio and visual materials to help them master the language in an interactive environment.

This is part of the work that the Confucius Institute, under the aegis of the University of Seychelles (UniSey), is carrying out in the island nation to promote the Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Institute in Seychelles is one where people learn about the Chinese culture and language through a series of cultural activities, workshops and festivals in addition to the courses on offer.

In 2015, what began as the Confucius Classroom was upgraded to an Institute and there are currently 500 Confucius institutes across the world.

The language lab project, which was delayed due to COVID-19 as well as other challenges such as shipping, was officially handed over to UniSey on July 6.

In her opening address, UniSey’s Vice-Chancellor, Joelle Perreau, said the lab opening was a milestone in the institution’s history.

“This is the first time that we have such a lab available for our students learning Chinese,” she told reporters.

The lab is located in the ICT centre at the Mont Fleuri University campus.

The two institutions currently teach Chinese culture and language to students of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and immigration officers among others.