1st Edition

Teacher Training and Professional Development of Chinese English Language Teachers Changing From Fish to Dragon

By Faridah Pawan, Wenfang Fan, Pei Miao Copyright 2017
    164 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This up-close look at Chinese ESL teachers documents undertakings at formal and informal levels to support and sustain their expertise in ways that balance collaborative and competitive efforts, situated and standards-based programs, ethnically responsive and government-based efforts, and traditional and 21st-century teaching visions. English is a mandated subject for approximately 400 million Chinese public school students. Making transparent the training and professional development received respectively by pre-service and in-service teachers, this book provides a rare window into how Chinese English Language teachers (ELTs) reconcile the two needs with the responsibility to teach large numbers of students while also navigating societal, cultural, and institutional cross currents. It also explores the range of ways China invests in the training and professional development of its English language teachers.


    Introduction: Situating Chinese English Language Teacher Training and Professional Development in Research and Policy

    Faridah Pawan

    Chapter 1: "Filling the Pail Before the Cup": Preparing to Be a Teacher

    Miao Pei, Faridah Pawan, and Wei Jin

    Chapter 2: Student Teaching: "All the Sour, Sweet, Bitter, and Pungent Flavors Must Be Tested"

    Miao Pei and Wei Jin

    Chapter 3: Permanent Teacher Qualifications: "Surviving Within the Iron Rice Bowl"

    Wenfang Fan, Ge Wang, and Xin Chen

    Chapter 4: Master-Novice (Shifu-Tudi) Teacher Relationships: Acquiring Knowledge From the Backbone of Experience

    Wenfang Fan

    Chapter 5: School-Based Professional Development With "Jiaoyanzu" Peers: Learning With Brothers and Sisters

    Faridah Pawan and Wenfang Fan

    Chapter 6: High-Stakes Public Teaching Competitions: Failure Is Not Falling but Failure Is Not Fetting up From Each Fall

    Faridah Pawan

    Chapter 7: The National Guo Pei Project for Rural Teachers: Opening Doors So That Others May Enter

    Miao Pei and Wei Jin

    Chapter 8: English Teacher Development in Rural and Ethnically Diverse Areas: Sowers Action Seeding the Fields

    Ge Wang

    Chapter 9: The Visiting Scholars Program: Adding a Flower to a Brocade

    Faridah Pawan and Xin Chen

    Chapter 10: New Chinese Education Reform Targets English: U.S. and Chinese Scholars’ Perspectives

    Faridah Pawan and Niya Yuan



    Faridah Pawan is a professor in ESL/EFL teacher education in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education in the School of Education at Indiana University, USA.

    Wenfang Fan is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China.

    Miao Pei is an associate professor in language pedagogy at the Center for Teacher Education Research in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, People's Republic of China.