LANGUAGE POLICY TO DISTRIBUTE CHINESE AND CULTURE VIA HSK TEST
The objectives of this research were 1) to survey the opinion and attitude of Thai students toward the HSK test, 2) to study the linkage of Chinese policy on distributing Chinese language and culture, and 3) to set up the guidelines for the Chinese learning management in institutions to suit with Thai current situation. Data were gathered from 220 Thai students who joined the Chinese for HSK Test project from 25 institutions in southern Thailand. The results revealed that 90.46 % of students believed that HSK Test was the policy to
distribute Chinese language and culture and also the instrument to enhance the ‘soft power’ for extending culture, value, and foreign policy. Besides, the students believed this policy was used to lay the foundation for economic extension and other plans of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the future. In contrast, 9.54 % of students believed that the HSK test was not involved with the policy to distribute Chinese language and culture. The HSK test was just an instrument to reach the Chinese proficiency and knowledge. The research results can be used to set up the guidelines for the Chinese learning management in institutions to suit with Thai current needs and situations; and also, can be used to set up the Chinese language policy at any levels such as the policy planner, the institutions, and the officials
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