This winter 18 teachers and administrators from across Taiwan came to UC Davis to participate in the inaugural Taiwan Fulbright TEFL Program, part of the custom programming provided by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, International.
Designed for elementary and middle school English teachers, this 10-day program provided participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to assume leadership roles in transforming the curriculum and methodology of English language education in Taiwan. The participating educators took integrated skills classes, which allowed them to explore theories, methods and techniques, while also improving their own English-language proficiency. They also visited a local elementary school to observe second-language instruction and classroom-management strategies first hand.
“I was very impressed with these educators,” said program coordinator, Shannon Buckley-Shaklee. “They are passionate about their work and committed to providing quality learning opportunities for their students. It was both a joy and an inspiration to work with them.”
The educators graduated from the program knowing how to create integrated and communicative language education experiences for their students and will be able to share this new understanding with their colleagues in Taiwan. UC Davis’ International programs customized the program to include best practices for collaborative teaching with educators to help participants collaborate with their Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.
“This program was a collective learning experience that’s going to empower each one of us to become the vanguard of English education in Taiwan,” said Ya-Ling Liao.
For more than 40 years, the UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education's International programs have developed customized programs for some of the world’s most notable international universities, government-sponsored agencies, higher education organizations and foreign ministries of education. For more information visit cie.ucdavis.edu/custom-programs.