First NZ national MLA professional development workshop a success
Effective teaching methods, as well as the experiences and challenges that come with being a Mandarin Language Assistant, were shared at a national MLA training workshop held at Auckland’s Confucius Institute in July.
For the first time, 130 MLAs from Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury Confucius Institutes gathered for two full days of networking and professional development.
Between July 20th and 22nd, the New Zealand Mandarin Language Assistant Professional Development Programme ran workshops and lectures by a number of expert teachers of Chinese, as well as a talk by Professor Rod Ellis of Applied Language Studies.
The aim of the workshop was for MLAs across New Zealand to network, share ideas and gain some professional development to support their work in schools in promoting the Chinese language and culture.
The workshop was supported by Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, and hosted by Confucius Institute in Auckland with support from ILEP (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways) and NZCLTA (New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers’ Association).