The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury held an Orientation Week for New MLAs
Photo 1: The new MLAs with other CIUC staff (Jing Jiang, Jiao Li and Wei Dong)\
From 22 to 27 January, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) held a five-day orientation for new Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs). 28 new MLAs attended the orientation.
On the first day, the director of CIUC Assoc Prof Adam Lam gave a presentation. He primarily introduced the education system of New Zealand, and when he talked about the cultural differences between China and New Zealand, he suggested the new MLAs should respect New Zealand culture, and try to deal well with culture shock .Jing Jiang, CI Deputy Director, spoke about CIUC work and regulations.
On the second day, Annelise, a teacher from Middleton Grange School, gave a wonderful demonstration immersion Mandarin class to the new MLAs, suggesting that interesting and intercommunication principles are extremely important in teaching classes at primary school. She aslo said that class games and using body language can be very helpful. Madlen Kunath, who is a teacher development adviser, talked about the theoretical basis of New Zealand’s education system with the new MLAs. She allowed the MLAs to experience linguistic teaching skills.
Li Jiao, a teacher from CIUC, imparted her some of her teaching experience to the new MLAs. She suggested that the new MLAs should focus on their teaching objectives, and ensure their classes are well-structured. Three current MLAs gave seminars on teaching and living in New Zealand. After that, group teaching was demonstrated by the new MLAs.
On January 26, once the new staff had completed their orientation, Consul-General JIN Zhijian hosted a CIUC Chinese New Year banquet, accompanied by Zhai Jianjun, Education Consul at the PRC Consulate in Christchurch. Consul General Jin said, learning Chinese has become a mainstream in New Zealand. There are almost 10 000 students studying Chinese is the South Island. Undoubtedly, these achievements are due in part to CIUC teachers and MLAs’ hard work. The MLAs have become the bridge builders between China and New Zealand.
Brimming with enthusiasm, 28 new MLAs will travel to other schools in the South Island to start their new life and teaching.
Photo 2: Group Photo at Daphne's Restaurant with Consul-General JIN Zhijian in the centre.
Photo 3: Adam Lam talking the to the Mandarin Language Assistants.