In an effort to foster the outstanding educators with global perspective, the Center for Teacher Education of Soochow University administers the one-month internship abroad program with the Department of English Language and Literature every summer. This year, the director of Center for Teacher Education, Professor James Lee, along with a group of 6 outstanding students selected from the Soochow University visited Houston from August 21 to September 20 for this internship program. The students have completed their internships in KIPP Intrepid Preparatory School and Sharpstown International High School for one week each during this program.
Besides, the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office also arranged several local education institutions field trips for this group, included University of St. Thomas, University of Houston, Taylor High School, and Houston Christian High School. The students had the chance to enhance their knowledge and skills of education through observation and interaction with the local educators and students.
This internship abroad program initiated since 2009, and focus on the after-school learning of the disadvantaged students. This program is appreciated by the students and academic institutions, and increases the opportunities of education collaboration between Taiwan and the U.S. Through this internship program, these future educators of Taiwan would get to know better about the differences of the school operation, curriculum, and the classroom atmospheres between Taiwan and the U.S., and broaden their horizons.
The director of Education Division, Sophie Chou, said that it is happy to see so many excellent Taiwanese students visit Texas for the academic exchange every summer. She encourages the students to embrace this opportunity to explore the diverse culture of the United States, acknowledge the education systems and environments of the U.S., and fully utilize these precious experiences and knowledge gained from the visits in the future education practice.