5/10/2016 11:04:41 AM
Subject: Taiwan: A Cultural Discovery
Film ABOUT LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN TAIWAN
Taiwan: A Cultural Discovery will be aired on May 15 at 2 PM and again on May 19 at 9 PM on channel 58.
This is a documentary about 16 Chinese language teachers traveling to Taiwan to enrich their teaching skills.
PBS affiliate station KLCS will be broadcasting the hour-long program in celebration Taiwanese Heritage Week, which takes place in mid May.
For the past decade, there has been an explosion of interest in learning the Mandarin Chinese language. As the home of one of the largest Chinese speaking communities in the US, southern California has become one of the most popular places for students to do so. As class sizes continue to expand, teachers look for ways to enrich their lessons with cultural components and technology.
The documentary follows the teachers to several different locations throughout the island country during their two week long professional development trip that took place last summer. “We’d like to show the story of the teachers who are coming here to experience the culture and the language, get a deeper appreciation, so then they can take it back to the students in the United States,” said Jorge Briseno, the Instructional TV Director of KLCS.
As a preserver of traditional Chinese culture and also an incubator of its own unique traditions and customs, Taiwan is the perfect place not only for language learners, but also for their teachers to gain inspiration,” said Steve Hsia, the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA). “This documentary conveys the natural beauty and rich culture that our country has to offer, and we are overjoyed to share this with viewers in southern California.”
edited by cgao on 5/10/2016