On Saturday, Oct. 7, 153 XinXing students were honored at the fourth-annual Chinese Proficiency Awards ceremony. Hosted by the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute, the event recognized all students who have mastered Chinese proficiency on the 2017 Youth Chinese Test (YCT) level 3 and level 4, the Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Language (AAPPL), or the Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture exam.
All grade levels of the Chinese Immersion program were well represented at the awards ceremony. Ninety-five XinXing Academy students were honored for their performance on the Youth Chinese Test, which is used to measure Chinese proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing. According to test publishers, students who pass the YCT4, have enough proficiency to be able to travel to China and handle most of the communication tasks they encounter.
At the secondary level, 39 XinXing @ West students were honored for their performance on the AAPPL, which uses role-play scenarios to create real-life world tasks for students. In addition, 19 tenth-grade students passed the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam.
Two students were asked to participate in the event. Sixth-grade student Carrington Kreger and ninth-grade student Alice Lind-MacMillan were chosen to represent Hopkins on a panel at the awards ceremony that was led by the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute. Panelists were asked to speak about their Chinese education.
About XinXing Academy: The Hopkins Chinese Immersion program starts in kindergarten with XinXing Academy, continues on in junior high at XinXing @ West, and now is part of Hopkins High School. In 2020, it will be a fully implemented K-12 program. More information about XinXing can be found at: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/about-us/discover-hopkins/language-immersion