Chinese Teacher Training Centre Materials and Resources

Dr Yvette Slaughter
T: 9035 9724
E: ymslau@unimelb.edu.au
W: Personal web page

Project Details

The Chinese Teacher Training Centre (CTTC) was established in 2009 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 Australian Federal Government’s announcement of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) and recommendations for such a centre in the report Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools (Orton, 2008). Following a tendering process, the CTTC was established at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education as home base of a consortium that included the China Institute at ANU.

The CTTC’s brief was 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 comprised 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 exercised strong advocacy with appropriate bodies for Chinese curriculum reform and development, and initiated teacher education and research programs that

  • examined and documented current pedagogy and programs for Chinese language teaching
  • provided professional development in Chinese language and culture pedagogy
  • created innovative resources to open up new paths of teaching and learning
  • introduced ways for students to spend more out-of-class time on Chinese
  • researched classroom management and language use by Chinese teachers
  • researched the learning design and conduct of school sojourns to China.

A range of materials were produced through the CTTC’s research and engagement endeavours. The Digest of Chinese Teacher Training Centre Research, Resources and Publications provides a comprehensive overview of projects and publications produced through the centre and is available below, along with a broader range of reports and documents.

Collaborators

Dr Jane Orton, Director, CTTC
j.orton@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Yvette Slaughter
ymslau@unimelb.edu.au
9035 9724

Published Research

Research publications PDF

Chinese Language. A Digest of Chinese Teacher Training Centre Research, Resources and Publications 2009-2015. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Cui, X., & Orton, J. (2013). Classroom Chinese Language. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Getting the most you can from your school’s China trip. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J. (2008). The Current State of Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools. The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J. (2010). Getting I-n-t-e-n-s-e about Chinese. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J., & Mansell, D. (2011). Learning from Short Term Sojourns in China. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J., Pavlidis, M. & Cui, X. (2013). The Clear River Sojourn – Student learning from a short visit to China. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J., Pavlidis, M., Ainalis, S., & McRae, D. (2013). Quality, Sustainable Chinese Language Programs. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Orton, J., Tee, J., Gong, J., McCulloch, J., Zhao, Y., & McRae, D. (2012). Profiles of Chinese Language Programs in Victorian Schools. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Prescott, C., & Orton J. (2012). Good Learners of Chinese – Profiles of students in secondary school. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Zhao, Y. (2012). Digital Resources and Their Use in Chinese Language Classrooms and Beyond. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Zhao, Y. (2013). Blended learning in Victoria’s Chinese language programs. Chinese Teacher Training Centre, The University of Melbourne.