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Beyond the Stereotypes: Understanding students and parents from East Asian cultures

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Curtin’s Professional Learning Hub invites teachers from both primary and secondary schools, along with parents/guardians, to a workshop for developing transcultural competence.

Event details

Teachers and parents/guardians will gain a better understanding of the behaviour and expectations of students and parents from East Asian (in particular, Chinese) backgrounds.

Thursday 2 November 2017
5pm to 6.30pm
Building 501, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
Standard $50. Current Curtin staff/student $25

Qian and Toni will review the back story to Chinese parents’ expectations for their children in Australian educational settings and the reason why stereotypes such as “Tiger Mum” and “Quiet Achievers” might be formed.

They will also discuss the implications of East Asian cultural, social and educational norms for teaching East Asian background children from diverse backgrounds and suggest strategies that might be used when teaching these students.

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What will you gain through this workshop?

  • Better understanding with the theoretical underpinnings of transcultural competence.
  • Become familiar with typical behaviours and beliefs of students and parents from East Asian backgrounds.
  • Teachers will be able to address the challenging behaviours of students with parents/caregivers in positive productive ways.
  • Develop teaching strategies which cater for students from East Asian backgrounds.

AITSL Teaching standards addressed in this session
1.2 – Understand how students learn
1.3 – Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

About your presenters

Qian Gong worked for nine years as a journalist for China’s national English language newspaper, China Daily. Qian has a special interest in pedagogy and has extensive experience in teaching students at all levels.

Dr Toni Dobinson has worked as an English language teacher in the United Kingdom, Egypt and The Sultanate of Oman. She is employed as a consultant by National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS), a national accreditation board for language teaching centres for overseas students.