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  -  Education   -  Empowering Learners of North Asian Languages Through Teacher Support

11 December 2023

For the second consecutive year, North Asia CAPE collaborated with Tui Tuia Learning Circle to deliver the Strengthening Asia-Pacific Language Teaching – North Asia programme in Auckland and Wellington. The primary objective was to enhance the teaching capabilities and confidence of registered Chinese, Japanese, and Korean educators in New Zealand, spanning Years 0 to 13. This initiative aimed to equip these educators with essential skills to guide and inspire students on their language-learning journey.

Held over two school terms, the programme brought together teachers from various regions in New Zealand. The comprehensive workshop included a mix of face-to-face sessions, online meetings, and in-school support. These components collectively aimed at advancing teachers’ language teaching proficiency and facilitating the creation of practical resources and activities for their classrooms. The programme, organized in clusters with a teacher-led action research approach, predominantly focused on the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) methodology.

A pivotal component of the programme was the North Asia Language Teachers and Alumni Workshop. Tailored to elevate teaching practices and instill global citizenship education, this workshop also served as a valuable platform for teachers to network, provide mutual support, and explore practical teaching solutions and ideas rooted in well-researched theories.

The workshop allowed teachers to share insights from the programme and connect with peers teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. The conclusion of the programme saw participating teachers deliver final presentations that showcased interactive, student-centric lessons embodying the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) approach.

We were delighted to see teachers benefit from attending this well-constructed programme, now equipped with practical, useful, ready-to-use methodology, and look forward to the continued progress of these educators in the months ahead.