On July 8th, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) held a welcome luncheon for seven new Hanban Chinese teachers at the Student Center of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).
Dr. Steven Runge, Provost of UCA, Mrs. Laura Young, Associate Provost of UCA, Mrs. Jane Ann Williams, Associate Provost, Dr. Maurice Lee, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Phillip Bailey, Chair of World Languages and Culture, Ms. Ashley Pettingill, Director of International Engagement (IE), Mr. Michael Rowland, Ms. Ann Crosser from Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), superintendents, principals and mentors from school districts attended the event.
At the beginning of the luncheon, Provost Steven Runge gave a short but warm speech. He welcomed the new Chinese teachers to Arkansas. Then, Mr. Michael Rowland gave a brief introduction of the development of Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program to all attendees. He said it is a great honor to have the Chinese teachers in Arkansas and the district schools are truly glad to have Chinese class, Chinese culture experience.
After the welcome luncheon, UCACI hosts one week orientation for the new teachers, inviting Dr. Shoudong Feng, Dr. Dong Xie, professors from College of Education, and Mrs. Jamie Bird from Conway Junior High School to give them workshops about culture adaptability, American education and foreign language teaching skills in American schools. After that, the five new Hanban Chinese teachers will participate in the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator License (APPEL) training at UCA from July17th to August 1stwith local teachers. This training is especially designed for those who are to teach in Arkansas K-12 schools. The new teachers will begin their Chinese classes in mid-August.