Educollaborate – A Podcast is born!

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Learning, Teaching and Sharing

As per my previous post of wanting to combine my skills and interest into one, the result of a serious brainstorm with a friend before I started my Masters in DTLT last year, was that of discussions about methodology with teachers. Add a healthy dose of technology, and what do we have? Online Teacher Training. How about using the opportunity to sharpen your language skills? OK, Online Teacher Training in Chinese! And having done some prior research into teaching practices of Teachers of Chinese, in China,  I thought it best to anchor our episodes in Han Ban’s Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. These 10 Standards align with the Best Practices of modern Language Teaching, although a few are unique to the Chinese language itself. (For example, Chinese Language competence and an understanding of Chinese Culture. However, I’m unsure yet if Chinese Teaching Methodology is exclusive to teaching Chinese. TBC.)

Educollaborate

Anyway, without further ado, please head over to sister blog, Educollaborate, a podcast collaboration between teachers and learners in China, for the first episode about Bloom’s Taxonomy – in Chinese. And to the NNCS* out there: don’t you know that Chinese is the language of the future…-ish?! But seriously, I’m open to requests for bilingual transcripts, because, truth be told, I didn’t get everything about metacognitive strategies during the recording, and I was sitting right next to 郭老师…

…the format is quite simple: two co-hosts, myself, and Chinese Teacher, 富强, invite a guest to discuss a topic of their choice. After establishing a connection between the topic and Han Ban’s Standards, we go on to discuss what the topic is, why it’s important and then run through an example or two, before a Q & A at the end.

The Educollaborate website and accompanying iTunes subscription page still require some work: a completed About Us section, a logo, supplementary materials, not to mention translations in Chinese, etc. However, the bare bones are there – so please feel free to have a listen and think about how Bloom’s Taxonomy may be relevant to you. All comments and positive criticisms welcome!

Key

NNCS = Non Native Chinese Speakers

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