Tse, S. K., Ip, O. K. M., Tan, W. X., & KO, H. W.(2012). Sustaining Teacher Change through Participating in a Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Chinese Literacy, Teacher Development, 16(3), 361-385. doi: 10.1080/13664530.2012.722439.
Sustaining Teacher Change through Participating in a Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Chinese Literacy
Shek Kam TSE, Olivia King Ming IP, Wei Xiong TAN, Hwa-Wei KO
An overview is presented of a three-year project aimed at helping Chinese language teachers in Taiwan refine ways that Chinese, an ideographic language that differs markedly from alphabetic English, is taught in primary schools. Guided by university staff in Taiwan, Hong Kong University and a Taiwanese non-government social enterprise, 20 experienced Taiwanese Chinese language teachers visited Hong Kong, observed literacy lessons, held in-depth discussions with principals and teachers, and engaged in seminars that helped them reflect on ways to modify practice in Taiwan. Back in Taiwan, they tried out techniques witnessed in Hong Kong, shared their experiences with colleagues in and beyond their own school, and evaluated their relevance for language teaching in Taiwan. Experiences were exchanged via practical demonstrations of techniques, video-recordings of lessons, accounts of new ways to teach Chinese, interviews and progress reports on an Internet forum. The outcomes are an example of positive teacher change.