Welcome to The Chinese Teacher Training Centre 汉语教师培训中心
The Chinese Teacher Training Centre (CTTC) was established as a national resource by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in partnership with China’s National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban) in the wake of the Federal Government’s announcement of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) and recommendations for such a centre in the 2008 report The Current State of Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools. Following a tendering process, the CTTC was established at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education as home base of a consortium that includes the China Institute at ANU.
The CTTC’s brief is to take the leading role in initiating and supporting the systemic, pedagogical and attitudinal changes crucial to success for all learners of Chinese in Australian schools. The CTTC brief comprises advocating the learning of Chinese; introducing and developing practice in Chinese classroom language and culture pedagogy; initiating more intensive and extensive student use of the language and intercultural engagement through innovative employment of ICT and specially created immersion environments; and researching teaching practices and learner development.
To achieve these goals the CTTC is exercising strong advocacy with appropriate bodies for Chinese curriculum reform and development, and has initiated teacher education and research programs that
- provide professional development in Chinese language and culture pedagogy, including higher studies
- introduce and monitor innovative ways for students to spend more time on Chinese
- examine and document current pedagogy and conditions for Chinese language teaching in Australia
- undertake research into educating Chinese teachers and the teaching of Chinese.