SSHS Teachers among the Philippine Delegate to the 2016 Southeast Asia Local Chinese Teachers Training Program.
Last May 29 to June 11, 2016, two teachers, Dr. Ulysses Yu and Ms. Anabeth dela Cruz, represented our school to the 2016 Southeast Asia Local Chinese Teachers Training Program held at the Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Participants of this two – week training were composed of twenty teachers from Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
The delegates from the Philippines came from four different Filipino - Chinese schools in the Philippines. Only eight teachers among the twenty nine nominees joined the training in China as part of the Learning Chinese is Fun Movement’s search for its ambassador. The training is said to equip, enrich and encourage Chinese language teachers to make Chinese language learning fun for the next Generation Chinoys.
During the two - week intensive training, teachers were equipped with the following comprehensive topics led by a group of experts: Knowledge and Teaching Skills in Chinese, Analysis of the Teaching Materials and its Application, Chinese Culture and Cross-Cultural Communication, Teaching Organization, Classroom Management, Teaching Concepts and Methodologies and other relevant topics. These topics are designed to improve the standard of teaching foreign and local Chinese teachers and promote the Chinese language and culture exchanges between China and other countries.
Furthermore, teachers were assigned to observe several classes for international students like: listening, speaking and reading. Group discussions and debates with each respective teacher followed not only to share experiences and exchange perspectives but also to help evaluate and assess the classes and give in-depth insights for improvement.
Finally, teachers were given a task to develop a lesson plan, teaching strategies and eventually a simulated teaching. This was a rare opportunity for local teachers to create a transferable procedural knowledge of teaching. Moreover, some cultural activities like Chinese fan designing, touring around local tourist spots were also provided to enhance awareness and embrace the profound and wealthy Chinese culture.
A closing ceremony concluded the training with a fervent hope that every participant will continue to nurture the friendship that has started. This is also a chance for professional networking with others and renewing motivation and confidence. Towards the end of ceremony, all teachers were given a Foreign Chinese Teacher Training Certificate for completing the training program.
The training was provided internationally by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by the International Chinese Teachers Textbook Research and Development Training Base. This is also in partnership with the Confucius Institute - Ateneo de Manila University and Cebu Pacific as the local sponsors.