300 public school teachers to get training on teaching Mandarin

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation to train over 300 teachers to teach one of the most commonly used spoken languages by the Chinese.

    A memorandum of agreement was signed to enrol public school teachers in Master of Arts in Education, Major in Chinese Language Teaching (MAEd CLT).

    300 public school teachers to get training on teaching Mandarin
    The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Confucius Institute Headquarters signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Joint Training of DepEd Teachers for the Master of Arts Major in Chinese Language Teaching (MAEd CLT) at DepEd Central Office on December 3.

    The MAEd CLT will be a scholarship program intended to train Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL), in which teachers earn a masteral degree in Mandarin. It will enhance their language proficiency and their pedagogical skills in teaching Chinese Mandarin as a foreign language, according to the DepEd.

    The program will run for 2 years which will include studying in China for six months. They will be earning their skills at the Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines and Fujian Normal University of China.

    Under the program, teachers who become masters in Chinese Language will help create and develop a sustainable program for the SPFL-Chinese Mandarin to be taught in public secondary schools.

    A total of 300 teachers will be trained in the next five years.

    During the signing of the agreement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that part of raising quality education is proficiency in language..

    “This program is also in support of the efforts of the department in uplifting the quality of education in the Philippines,” Briones said.

    Meanwhile, Chinese embassy cultural counselor Tian Shanting appreciated the efforts of DepEd for including Chinese Mandarin in the SPFL. He said that the education agency has strongly contributed in the promotion of friendly relations between the Filipinos and Chinese.

    Aside from Chinese, other languages included in the SPFL are German, Spanish, French, Korean and Nihongo.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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