Webster-Harbin Exchange Moves Forward

| April 9, 2014

While there, Kaiser was invited to give a guest lecture to Harbin students and faculty.

Faculty and staff from Webster University traveled to Harbin University in China in early March to continue preparations for the student exchange agreement signed in 2013.

Harbin University students will study in Harbin during their first two years in that school’s undergraduate program. Credits earned during that time will transfer to Webster in the students’ third year, where the students will complete their bachelor’s degrees in Educational Studies. Upon completion, the students will each earn a double bachelor’s degree, with one BA from Harbin and the other from Webster’s School of Education. The arrangement is designed to help the students become fluent in the English language and learn teaching techniques used in the United States.

Kaiser said English is a part of the national curriculum in China, but very few educators have the opportunity to live in an English-speaking country.

Kaiser said English is a part of the national curriculum in China, but very few educators have the opportunity to live in an English-speaking country.

DJ Kaiser, an assistant professor and coordinator of Teaching English as a Second Language in Webster’s School of Education, met with Harbin University administrators and professors. Nelly Zhang and Rick Foristel from Webster China were also in Harbin for the meetings.

“I was able to sit down with administrators from Harbin University and get a better understanding of their programs and help generate ideas,” Kaiser said. “I observed two of their English education classes and also observed a middle school class in China so I can better understand what these students need to be prepared to do when they go back to China at the end of the exchange.”

Kaiser said English is a part of the national curriculum in China but very few educators have the opportunity to live in an English-speaking country.

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