Book launch on Infusing IB Philosophy and Pedagogy into Chinese Language Teaching

Book launch on Infusing IB Philosophy and Pedagogy into Chinese Language Teaching

The book launch which was held within The Third International School Chinese Language Education Conference and Workshop was conducted at 1pm on 5 December 2015 (Sat) at Room 408A-410A, Meng Wah Complex, HKU.

Dr Ian Hill and Dr. Mark Shum, editors of the book, together with the main authors of book chapters, including Dr. Malcolm Pritchard, Dr. Bennan Zhang, Dr. Chun Lai, Dr Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh, Dr Tung Fei Lam, Dr. Kwok Ling Lau and Ms Ita Lam briefly shared their perspectives and experiences on their work in relation to infusing IB philosophy and pedagogy into Chinese Language Teaching.

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Dr. Ian Hill gave an overview on this book.

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Dr. Mark Shum, one of the editors of the book, introduces the theme and the significance of the publication.

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Dr. Malcolm Pritchard, author of one of the book chapters; Head of ISF Academy

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Dr. Chun Lai, Associate Professor of Faculty of Education, HKU; Author of the book chapter entitled ‘Integrating IB philosophy and pedagogy into Chinese language teaching: what could educational technology bring to the dialogue?’

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Dr. Elizabeth Ka-yee Loh, Assistant Professor of Faculty of Education, HKU; Main author of the book chapter entitled ‘The road to successful Chinese language learning: effective strategies for teaching and learning Chinese characters’ and ‘The professional growth of Chinese language student-teachers in teaching practicum in the IB Certificate of Teaching and Learning Programme’

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Dr. Bennan Zhang, Senior Lecturer of Faculty of Education, HKU; one of the authors of the book chapter entitled ‘When IB Learner Profile meets Eastern Confucian tradition: from the perspective of Chinese Language teachers’

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Ms. Ita Cho-yam Lam, Head of Chinese of German Swiss International School; Main author of the book chapter entitled ‘Integrating Theory of Knowledge (TOK) thinking skills into the IB Chinese classroom’

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Dr. Kwok-ling Lau, main author of the book chapter entitled ‘Implementing international mindedness in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: a qualitative case study in a Hong Kong second language Chinese classroom’

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Dr. Tung-fei Lam, Secondary Co-Principal, Yew Chung International School; Main author of the book chapter entitled ‘International mindedness and teaching materials development in Chinese Language’

This book makes an important contribution to language teaching in general, to IB language teaching, and more precisely to the teaching of Chinese both in IB and non-IB classrooms. It is also a significant milestone in the advancement of IB philosophy and pedagogy because it brings for the first time an Asian/Chinese perspective to that discourse.

Readers who are up to date with the cutting edge of language teaching method, particularly for Chinese, will find reassurance and confirmation of their approach in this book whether they are IB teachers or not. Those who feel they are not aware of the most up-to-date thinking in language teaching, again particularly for Chinese, will find ample advice.

For details of the book, please visit the following website:

http://cacler.edu.hku.hk/books/infusing-ib-philosophy-and-pedagogy-into-chinese-language-teaching/

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