Since 2012, professors from WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have traveled to China and provided training for new incoming Chinese teachers for the Confucius Institute. This year was no exception, as Dr. Kay Gandy and Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh from the School of Teacher Education provided a five-day training to 12 teachers on the campus of Beijing Language and Culture University from April 30 to May 4.
In addition, Dr. Martha Day and Dr. Lynn Hines provided a two-hour webinar session prior to the teachers’ departure for Beijing on April 26. The webinar was designed to introduce the teachers to the program, what they could expect during the training, what to be prepared for during the training, and expectations.
The training was aimed at preparing the Chinese teachers to have a good command of the Kentucky Standard for World Language Proficiency and Framework for Teaching, and help them put together portfolios to be considered for Kentucky Teaching Certification. The professors shed light on the four domains, including planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities. The professors demonstrated numerous teaching strategies and classroom activities. All of the Chinese teachers were engaged and participated, questioned and contributed ideas actively. The professors gave prompt feedback to teachers and thought highly of their performance.
The training is a continuing partnership between the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, School of Teacher Education, Beijing Language and Culture University, and the Confucius Institute. Since the inception of the program, 51 teachers have received Kentucky certification as part of the collaboration. It is hoped that these 12 teachers will add to the success of the partnership.
About the Confucius Institute: The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or interested in creating programs, contact Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.
Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530