Pre Service Students Go to Chiba Uni for Practicum
In 2017, NTNU signed an MOU on the practicum of pre-service teachers with Chiba University and 8 students were sent to Chiba University for a two-week practicum, receiving great results. The exchange continues in 2018, 5 pre-service teachers from Chiba University came to NTNU in March and stayed two weeks.
This May, four outstanding pre-service teachers from different departments went to Chiba University for two weeks.
Founded in 1949, Chiba University consists of nine faculties, the university library, the university hospital and other educational and research facilities. With 11,179 students in the undergraduate program, it has long been one of the largest universities in Japan. As for the graduate school, there are about 2,354 students in ten master's programs and 1,220 in nine doctoral programs. The program is organized by Associate Professor Yip Ming Fun from the College of Teacher Education. The students went to the affiliated kindergarten, elementary School, secondary school and school for the vision impaired. They have contributed their talent at the practicum and shared their experience with each other.
Su Yu Ting, one student, said that the launch in Japan is served cold, which is really different from what we have in schools in Taiwan. Lin Hua Wen noticed that when children played house, they would use real knife instead of plastic ones. Lin Yi Ting said that in schools for the blind, teachers encourage students to speak English and even invite the best performer to be a translator in class. Huang Yi Hsuan said that in elementary schools in Japan, the male to female ratio is about 1:1.
In addition to visiting different schools, they also had a chance to attend English, art and calligraphy courses in Chiba University. To understand more about the culture of teaching in Japan, they even got the permission to have a look at the laboratory to observe the experiment and food preparation. In Japan, there's no bell ringing between classes, so teachers have to control the length of course on their own. Also, the students learned that Japanese people are highly concerned about privacy. Any photography needs approval beforehand of even application. Most of the time, photos aren't allowed and they can only take pictures of the architecture. If they do take pictures, they can't upload it to the internet.
At the end of the practicum, both students share their thoughts in presentations. Taiwanese students talked about Taiwanese Culture, Education system in Taiwan, Process of Teacher Cultivation, What are the impressions of the Japanese so that the Japanese can know more about Taiwan and learn from each other.