NTNU Students Take an Educational Visit at Vancouver, Canada
The Ministry of Education granted NTNU for the program of “Foreign Internship for College of Teacher’s training”, which is moderated by Prof. Chern Chiou Lan from English Department. Eight outstanding students from NTNU went to Vancouver for a 2 week internship, under the arrangement of University of British Columbia. Gladstone Secondary School, Prince of Wales Secondary School and University Hills Secondary School were part of the schools that offer internship.
Through the program, students from NTNU have the chance to be at the actual teaching field of Canada, learn about the education system and give a pilot teaching. The students found that high school students in Canada can arrange their schedule by themselves. A wide variety of courses are available, for example, dance class, wood craft, how to make a robot and baking.
In Canada, teachers create a relaxed atmosphere and encourage students to speak, and teach students to think critically and teamwork ability. While at Gladstone Middle School, the principal, Chris Parker, shared his experience of running the school for many years, and told them about the change in educational system in Canada, like the recent withdrawal of provincial examinations, the promulgation of the new curriculum, the cultivation of core literacy and so on. Mr. Parker also reminded NTNU students that it’s very important to give students value, respect for students, and listen to students. Those who will become teachers in the future must bear these three principles in mind.
In the two week visit, all schools prepared many events like drama, Science Olympic Fair and Heritage Fair. Students also visited the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and learned about the First Nation in Canada.
Many thanks to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office at Vancouver for their help in making this internship program happen. This cooperation program between NTNU and UBC is also a good one in that Mr. Keith McPherson and Prof. Lin was impressive of NTNU students. It’s very likely that in the next two years, similar internship program will be carried out.