Teacher Development in Kōbe

Facilitating Cultural Inquiry

Facilitating Cultural Inquiry, June 2008

A teaching competency:  teachers want to learn.  Here’s an example.

Staff of the Graduate School of English Language Education and Research of Kōbe City University of Foreign Studies came from Japan to SIT’s 2008 Teacher Training Institute in Vermont.  Several took the course called “Facilitating Cultural Inquiry” and report their experience on the research institute’s website.

As you read the report, what do you notice about the power of reflection?  What do you notice about the value of learning to create awareness in one’s self?  How do you think these participants feel about their learning?

The Teacher Training Institute is offered year-round in online and face-to-face formats.  Many participants come to SIT’s campus in Vermont each June.  Completing six courses, participants can receive a certificate in Teacher Training and Development for use at their home institutions.

Courses and the certificate can be taken independently of SIT’s MA in Teaching.  In fact, many MAT students extend their time on campus to include the workshops in June.  Inversely, many people who will begin their MATs in June or September arrive early and take some courses in teacher training.

Registrations are being accepted now for online courses beginning in January and March 2009.

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