300 Filipino Teachers Training To Teach Mandarin In Secondary Schools
300 FILIPINO TEACHERS – The Department of Education has collaborated with the Confucius Institute to give 300 Filipino teachers training on teaching Mandarin.
The program aimed to establish a sustainable development of the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) -Chinese Mandarin in public secondary academic institutions.
According to an article from Philstar, the DepEd had signed a memorandum of agreement for the joint training of public school teachers for Master of Arts in Education, Major in Chinese Language Teaching. (MAEd CLT).
The program’s goal is to upskill 300 teachers over the next five years. Along with this, the program would be implemented by the Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines and Fujian Normal University of China.
As per the article, the MAEd CLT scholarship is created for SPFL Mandarin teachers for the enhancement of their language proficiency. In addition to this, it also aimed to strengthen the pedagogical skills in teaching Chinese Mandarin as a foreign language.
The scholarship offer for this Master’s degree would be a two-year program and would involve studying in China for six months.
Earlier this month, Education Secretary Leonor Briones emphasized that proficiency in language indicates the quality of education. He added the program would support the efforts of the department in uplifting the education in the country.
Tian Shanting, the Chinese embassy cultural counselor lauded the DepEd for their efforts. According to him, the program would be a key contributor to promoting friendly relationships between the people of China and the Philippines.
In 2011, Chinese Mandarin has been integrated into the SPFL of the DepEd through partnerships between Confucious and Angeles University in Pampanga. Because of this, 310 Filipino teachers have benefited from the program.
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