Twenty Thai school teachers of Mandarin Chinese undertake a professional development workshop in Taiwan
The workshop courses were Chinese Teaching Material Design; Application of Multimedia, Technology, and Cultural Elements to Chinese Teaching; and Introduction to Taiwanese and Chinese Culture which included Taiwanese history, art, tea ceremony, drama, calligraphy and mass culture. The teachers from Thailand also visited sites at the famous Alishan National Scenic Area, and as well as enjoying the natural beauty, they learned how to edit cultural materials to incorporate them into teaching material to use in their classrooms.
The workshop also had sessions for the teachers from Thailand and Chinese teachers in Taiwan to share details of their teaching experiences and exchange ideas, giving the visiting teachers a further opportunity to upgrade their language teaching professional knowledge and skills, and giving Chinese teachers in Taiwan an understanding of the practice of teaching Chinese in Thailand. The teachers from Thailand will be able to apply what they learned in Taiwan to teach Thai students the traditional Chinese characters and about Taiwanese culture. It is hoped that more exchange programs to promote mutual understanding in the field of Chinese Mandarin teaching and learning between Taiwan and Thailand will be developed in the near future.
Photo: Twenty Thai teachers of Mandarin Chinese with their Chinese teachers at Cheng Kung University.