Chinese language Teacher Education  At the University of Alberta Dr. Joe Wu Faculty of Education, University of Alberta Ca...
Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta
Chinese bilingual education in Edmonton <ul><li>Edmonton’s Chinese Bilingual Education program was established in 1982 in ...
Student population growth since 1982
Instructional Time  <ul><li>50% in Chinese  50% in English </li></ul>
Teachers in the Chinese Bilingual Program <ul><li>Close to 90 certified teachers have taught Mandarin in the program  </li...
Turning foreign trained students to certified Chinese teachers as a fast track <ul><li>Many of them: </li></ul><ul><li>hav...
Foreign University Degrees B.Sc.   B.A.   B.Ed. Canadian University Degrees M.Sc.   M.A. M.Ed. B.Sc.  Ph.D.   Ph.D. Ph.D. ...
Four year B.Ed. program at U of A <ul><li>Department of Elementary Education </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin Chinese minor </li...
Department of Elementary Education <ul><li>Mandarin minor (21 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>12-15 credits in language </li></...
Department of Secondary Education <ul><li>Mandarin major: </li></ul><ul><li>12-18 credits in language courses </li></ul><u...
After-degree Programs <ul><li>For those who held a non-education bachelor degree  </li></ul><ul><li>Credited foreign unive...
The Open Studies Program <ul><li>Students take selected credit courses without following a specific degree or diploma prog...
The Diploma Program <ul><li>For those who have already earned a Bachelor of Education degree.  </li></ul><ul><li>They need...
Challenges to these students <ul><li>Understanding North American culture, including school children, parents and the scho...
Possible solutions <ul><li>Courses in pedagogy, language acquisition and teaching methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Student te...
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  • T8 Chinese Teacher Preparation in North America: Meeting the Growing Demand for K–16 Chinese Language Education

    1. 1. Chinese language Teacher Education At the University of Alberta Dr. Joe Wu Faculty of Education, University of Alberta Canada
    2. 2. Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta
    3. 3. Chinese bilingual education in Edmonton <ul><li>Edmonton’s Chinese Bilingual Education program was established in 1982 in the Edmonton Public School District </li></ul><ul><li>Now there are over 2,000 students studying from K-12 </li></ul><ul><li>It is the biggest bilingual program in Edmonton. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Student population growth since 1982
    5. 5. Instructional Time <ul><li>50% in Chinese 50% in English </li></ul>
    6. 6. Teachers in the Chinese Bilingual Program <ul><li>Close to 90 certified teachers have taught Mandarin in the program </li></ul><ul><li>Over 40 are currently employed </li></ul><ul><li>95% are foreign born native Chinese speakers </li></ul><ul><li>A few are former bilingual program students </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all of them received training from the University of Alberta </li></ul>
    7. 7. Turning foreign trained students to certified Chinese teachers as a fast track <ul><li>Many of them: </li></ul><ul><li>have good Chinese language skills </li></ul><ul><li>have higher education degrees </li></ul><ul><li>are motivated to become teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Some of them </li></ul><ul><li>have teaching experience before </li></ul><ul><li>were trained as second language educators </li></ul>
    8. 8. Foreign University Degrees B.Sc. B.A. B.Ed. Canadian University Degrees M.Sc. M.A. M.Ed. B.Sc. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Programs leading to teaching certification 2 year After Degree Program Open Studies B.Ed. Alberta Teaching Certificate The Diploma Program Course Based M.Ed. Program
    9. 9. Four year B.Ed. program at U of A <ul><li>Department of Elementary Education </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin Chinese minor </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Secondary Education </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin Chinese major </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin Chinese minor </li></ul>
    10. 10. Department of Elementary Education <ul><li>Mandarin minor (21 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>12-15 credits in language </li></ul><ul><li>3-6 credits in literature/culture </li></ul><ul><li>3 credits in second language teaching methodology </li></ul><ul><li>14 weeks of student teaching </li></ul>
    11. 11. Department of Secondary Education <ul><li>Mandarin major: </li></ul><ul><li>12-18 credits in language courses </li></ul><ul><li>6-12 credits in linguistic </li></ul><ul><li>6-9 credits in literature </li></ul><ul><li>3-9 credits in culture </li></ul><ul><li>14 weeks of student teaching </li></ul>
    12. 12. After-degree Programs <ul><li>For those who held a non-education bachelor degree </li></ul><ul><li>Credited foreign universities’ degrees are accepted </li></ul><ul><li>They take the last two years of the Bachelor of Education program </li></ul><ul><li>14 weeks of student teaching is included </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Open Studies Program <ul><li>Students take selected credit courses without following a specific degree or diploma program. </li></ul><ul><li>It allows them to select courses suggested by Alberta’s Ministry of Education to meet the Alberta Teaching Certificate requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>They can also receive credits in supervised student teaching. </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Diploma Program <ul><li>For those who have already earned a Bachelor of Education degree. </li></ul><ul><li>They need to take 24 credits in course requirements </li></ul><ul><li>12 credits in second language theory and methodology </li></ul><ul><li>12 credits in language and culture </li></ul>
    15. 15. Challenges to these students <ul><li>Understanding North American culture, including school children, parents and the school system </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the educational philosophy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Mastering Chinese language teaching skills </li></ul><ul><li>Improving English language proficiency </li></ul>
    16. 16. Possible solutions <ul><li>Courses in pedagogy, language acquisition and teaching methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Student teaching in the school system </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development for teachers </li></ul>

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