Push is on to cre­ate more high-level teach­ers of Chi­nese

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI

teach­ers avail­able world­wide falls short of what is needed to meet the de­mand. China’s ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties said that about 5 mil­lion Chi­nese teach­ers are needed around the world. In re­sponse, Han­ban and the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties have stepped up the ef­forts to cul­ti­vate more high-level in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic teach­ers for Chi­nese lan­guage in­struc­tion.

“We need to cul­ti­vate more pro­fes­sional tal­ents who have strong Chi­nese lan­guage teach­ing skills and a deep cul­tural back­ground. Mean­while, they should also mas­ter other lan­guage skills,” said Zhang Jian­min, deputy direc­tor of the In­sti­tute of Global Chi­nese Lan­guage Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion at East China Nor­mal Univer­sity.

Sup­ported by Han­ban, the in­sti­tute was the first in the coun­try to cul­ti­vate ex­per­tise for the teach­ing of Chi­nese. More than 4,900 stu­dents, both for­eign and Chi­nese, have been trained at the in­sti­tute over the past five years.

Mean­while, more than 400 stu­dents re­ceived the Mas­ter of Teach­ing Chi­nese to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages, one of the most pop­u­lar de­gree pro­grams in teach­ing Chi­nese to non-na­tive speak­ers.

So far, the mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram has been op­er­ated in more than 100 uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try.

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