Hanban’s Training Session for Volunteer Chinese Teachers Heading for the US Comes to an End
Beijing, June 12th-July 11th, 2011—A total of 148 volunteer Chinese teachers from 25 provinces, autonomous regions and centrally administered municipalities across China participated in a pre-department training which was held by Hanban at the New Teacher Training Base for the International Promotion of Chinese Language at Beijing Normal University. The training session was designed for the “Volunteers to Teach Chinese in the United States” program which is jointly organized by Hanban in cooperation with the American College Board and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Based on investigation and research from previous volunteers working in the US and taking into account the fact that 80% of the volunteers are full-time English teachers, the training session was designed to focus mainly on case-study teaching and was aimed at improving the volunteers’ teaching skills, including classroom management, teaching methods suitable for primary and secondary schools and cross-cultural communication skills. It also placed equal importance to strengthening their Chinese knowledge and improving their ability to promote Chinese language and culture in a positive way. The training session featured wonderful lectures which were given by well-known experts from both home and abroad and covered a wide range of topics, such as work, life and cross-cultural communication in the US. In addition, a number of previous volunteers who had done an outstanding job were invited to share their experiences of living and working in the US, providing the newcomers with practical guidance. According to whom their future students would be, the volunteers were also divided into 3 groups (elementary, junior and senior high schools) to have demonstration lessons and instruct mock lessons. All the efforts have yielded positive results.
Hanban Deputy Director Ma Jianfei and Beijing Normal University President’s Assistant Cao Weidong were present at the closing ceremony and both delivered speeches. Deputy Director Ma encouraged the volunteers to bear in mind their missions and duty, work hard and to overcome any difficulties they might encounter, striving to demonstrate the characteristics of Chinese young people and serve as folk messengers to promote Chinese language and culture.
After completing the training and passing the related tests, the volunteers will go to the University of California, Los Angeles to receive a 9-day pre-post training at the end of July, and then they will be dispatched to teach Chinese language at different American schools (including senior and junior high schools, elementary schools and kindergartens) in 27 states for an academic year.
Since 2006, Hanban has sent 970 volunteers to teach Chinese in the US in cooperation with the American College Board, and the program has helped nearly 100,000 American students learn about Chinese language and culture.