Confucius Institute Expands Distance Education Program and Language Curriculum Support
- by Anonymous | 31 August 2009 - 11:17am
The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M continues to expand the distance education Chinese language pilot program established with the cooperation of ESC Region VI in August of 2008. The program utilizes faculty from the CI-TAMU delivers Chinese language classes to high school students in three school districts via video conference and began with some 50 ninth and tenth grade students at Navasota, New Caney, and Splendora high schools.
Currently the program has expanded signiﬁcantly in its ﬁrst year with two of the three participating high schools developing year one Mandarin Chinese classes and hiring Chinese teachers to facilitate face-to-face teaching in addition to distance education. The new teachers work in tandem with Confucius Institute teachers to provide students with both on-line and in-class language instruction. In coordination with the curriculum expansion, two middle schools within the New Caney ISD have implemented Chinese classes in support of the high school curriculum managed by the Confucius Institute and ESC Region VI.
In addition to the distance education program, the Confucius Institute continues to support and facilitate regional Mandarin Chinese language program locally. The Institute has been instrumental in establishing a Chinese language program at the middle school level at the Inquiry Academy at Jane Long Middle School.
According to Martha Green the Coordinator of Learning Services for the Oﬃce of International Outreach at Texas A&M University, who works closely with Region VI and Jane Long Middle School, the Inquiry Academy is a magnet school for gifted students. The Mandarin Chinese class at Jane Long Middle School will be open to sixth and seventh grade students and students will receive high school credit for the classes. Plans are also in place for Bryan ISD to develop ﬁrst-year Chinese classes within the year.
The Confucius Institute continues to pioneer Chinese distance education project, providing language instruction to rural school districts in the state of Texas. The Institute continues to develop new and innovative programs in Chinese language beyond the university target audience by providing regional school districts with assistance in developing similar programs.
31 Aug 2009 - 11:09am
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