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