The English Language Training Center of the Ministry of Education of China
Lecture by: Dr. Yanming Gao
Vice Dean of the Training Center of Ministry of Education (MOE) of China for Study Overseas, Northeast Normal University; Associate Professor; Member of the Advisory Committee of English Languages Programs of MOE Training Centers in China; Visiting Scholar for Applied Linguistics Research with Professor Cindy Brantmeier, Department of Education, Washington University in St. Louis
It has been more than 100 years since China began to send its students and scholars to study abroad. The scale of studying abroad has steadily but greatly expanded, especially in recent years. In 2018, the number of Ministry funded visiting scholars and students has reached about 31000, 77% of whom go to universities in the USA, Britain, Canada and five other traditional countries with strong education in science and technology. Despite some of these positive aspects, the individual scholars and students who move across country borders often experience difficulties in adjusting to their new environments, mainly due to language and cultural differences. Training Centers of Ministry of Education for Study Overseas are committed to cultivating international talents to be competent in cross-cultural communication in English. The center, based at Northeast Normal University, is one of the biggest that provides English training programs, enabling its students to think globally, actively take part in international academia in English, and achieve success in intercultural communication. The lecture will discuss the goals of the training center and discuss possibilities for students and scholars from Washington University to teach English and/or conduct research.