China’s Ambassador to Samoa, the Chinese language tutors and the inaugural Graduating Chinese Language Class of 2015
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER 2015: The Samoa School of Languages (SSOL) celebrated its first ever graduation this week since its inception early this early.
Twenty one students graduated with Certificates of Achievement in the Chinese language after completing 3 semesters of learning Chinese.
“The students who will be getting certificates today are also the first students to graduate from the Samoa School of Language,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.
The SSOL is a Government initiative which aims at teaching locals foreign languages.
The Chinese language was taught with the help of three Chinese volunteers – Yanhong Huang, Lu Chen and Xiaoli Wang.
“I want to extend to you the gratitude of our Government and our people for your support and kindness and I congratulate all the graduates and I urged you to continue on and never give up,” said Tuilaepa.
The graduates were from a wide cross section including church ministers, government officials, tour operators and media personnel.
The graduates read out verses in Chinese before the audience t show their level of proficiency.
One of the graduates, Tapulolo’u Siuli Tuailemafua, heads the University of the South Pacific Climate Change Programme and works as a tour guide and he strongly recommends the course to all the tour operators.
He said Samoa is now a sought after destination in the Pacific by Chinese tourists, and it is good to understand any foreign language and be able to communicate with tourists.
The Chinese language is the first foreign language to be taught at the school, with the hope, that more foreign languages could be taught in the future.