Chinese teachers get teaching experience at University High School, Los Angeles

UCLA-based training helps prepare instructors from China to teach in U.S

WHAT:
In the largest program of its kind, 130 teachers from across China will have three days of hands-on practice teaching elementary, middle and high school students.
 
Some 170 students — culled from schools all over Los Angeles (and with no fees required) — will have a chance to take short-term intensive courses in Chinese language, calligraphy, taji and other traditional Chinese cultural arts as the teachers themselves learn to teach to American students.
 
While the hands-on teaching practice is new this year, this is the fourth year of the Chinese Guest Teacher Summer Institute, which is sponsored by the College Board, in collaboration with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages and the UCLA Confucius Institute. The program receives support and funding from China's Confucius Institute headquarters and the U.S. government's Startalk Initiative.
 
In addition to guidance in methodology and U.S. educational practices, the program also seeks to raise the teachers' awareness about the diversity of American culture and to dispel stereotypes. Courses cover the way the American school system functions, classroom management, and U.S. communication styles and etiquette. Teachers first undergo a six-week orientation and training in China, followed by 10 days of intensive training at UCLA before they are sent to their assigned schools around the U.S., where they will teach for one to three years.
 
WHEN:
Monday–Wednesday, July 29–31
(8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily)
 
WHERE:
University High School
11800 Texas Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90025 (map)
 
VIDEO | PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:
Visuals will include children from diverse backgrounds singing, doing art and playing games in Chinese. Photography and videotaping are welcome in the classrooms and playground areas.
 
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PARKING:        
School parking lots will be open, and free street parking is available.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Holly Barnhill Hernandez | hbhernandez@international.ucla.edu | 818-406-0561 (mobile)

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