The ALLEX class of 2011 arrived at Portland State University on June 16, eager to get going on their new careers as teachers and students at American universities. For the next eight weeks these 34 young people will be immersed in the Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training Institute at PSU.
This intensive training program includes five hours of class per day, five days a week, for eight weeks. The ALLEX Teaching Associates receive 16 graduate credits in East Asian language pedagogy for the course. Participants develop teaching skills through practice teaching of actual language classes that are videotaped and critiqued, as well as lectures on the theory and practice of foreign language pedagogy. The program covers all aspects of running a Chinese or Japanese program, including how to develop curriculum, syllabi, placement tests and evaluating student performance. The course also deals with topics such as graduate student life, classroom content management systems, classroom safety and handling problems in the classroom, and harassment.
Though the intensive nature of the course will keep the students focused for the next two months, they could not be studying in a more beautiful and vibrant city than Portland. As one student emailed us, “I safely arrived in Portland. It’s a beautiful city.”
The Teacher Training Institute is run by the ALLEX Asian Language Teacher Training Consortium, comprised of East Asian language faculty from Cornell, Ohio State, Portland State and Washington University.