CIUC Held an Orientation for New MLAs
From 16th – 20th July, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) organised an orientation for new Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) at the University of Canterbury.
On the first day, the Director of CIUC, Dr Adam Lam, introduced the difference between New Zealand and China from the perspective of history, geography and culture. He encouraged new MLAs to immerse themselves in the Kiwi culture and lifestyle and at the same time demonstrate Chinse culture and what Chinse young people are like to the local people. Deputy Director, Assoc Prof Jing Jiang, after welcoming all the MLAs, explained the role of MLAs in New Zealand from four aspects: teaching in NZ schools, lifting the profile of within the school and community, getting along with the host families and health and safety in NZ.
On the following morning, the Project Manager of Waimairi-iri AlliS Programme, Marilyn Edlin and the Chinese teacher at Burnside High School, Kevin Grounds co-hosted a workshop on New Zealand language teaching curriculum and teaching pedagogies for NZ primary schools and high schools.
On the third day, Dr. Julie Zhu who is an ILEP Language Advisor, hosted a workshop on the Task Based Language Teaching approach (TBLT). From theory to hands-on practice, she presented a holistic understanding of TBLT and all the new MLAs responded very positively toward the workshop.
Aside from the workshops, the current MLAs shared their experience in teaching and living with the new MLAs. On the last day of the orientation, the new MLAs demonstrated their teaching, which was following by constructive comments and suggestions from the CI teachers and MLAs.
After four-day’s orientation, the new MLAs departed for different cities in the South Island: Dunedin, Mosgiel, Balclutha, Oamaru and Nelson. They will spend one year teaching at local schools.
撰稿： 田雪蓉Tian Xuerong