The Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University holds a Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Seminar in Gold Coast, Australia
On May 21st, 2016, the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University held a Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Seminar with the theme of “strategic use of technological resources in teaching Chinese as a foreign language”. The event attracted the participation of more than 20 Chinese language instructors from throughout Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Prof. Liu Chaojie participated and gave a speech. Prof. Liu told that the Confucius Institute was working closely with local universities, public schools and other Chinese language education institutions toward the common goal of providing assistance for locals in studying Chinese.
At the symposium, Griffith University Chinese language instructor Ms. Yuan Hui and Tourism Confucius Institute Education MA Mr. Alex Hu, upon invitation, provided the keynote speeches.
Mr. Alex Hu sharing his thoughts on using education software
Mr. Hu drew on his own experience interning at a public school to give a thorough explanation of the present stage of the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) system, which is much needed by Chinese language teachers. For the teachers participating, he shared a series of education and teaching software resources that are currently popular, and made a thorough exploration of the reform of teaching methods resulting from new technological resources.
Ms. Yuan Hui performing an education case analysis
Ms. Yuan Hui has taught Chinese in several countries, including the US and Australia, and has much experience in education and classroom management. The talk she prepared, called “Using Modern Online Resources to Improve Education Communication Methods”, greatly inspired the teachers present. The teachers improvised the role of students. Under the instruction of Ms. Yuan, they experienced the process of communicating with their teacher, and then participated in a discussion, each sharing their thoughts on education, learning much through the discussion and exchange.
Group photo of participants
With the increased need for locals to study Chinese, the team of Chinese teachers in Gold Coast has continued to expand, as have the ranges of the teachers’ hometowns, ages and education experience. This symposium provided an opportunity for the teachers to exchange ideas and improve their own methods.