Wrap-up meeting on the undergraduate teaching practices in the Southeast Asia Department, School of Foreign Languages
A wrap-up meeting on the undergraduate teaching practices was held by faculties and students from the Southeast Asia Department, School of Foreign Languages on October 14, 2016. Students from different language departments displayed and summarized their achievements, including the summer international experiences of undergraduates from the Thai Major, the China-Asean Expo educational activity held by the Southeast Asia Department, as well as the field teaching and film-making activities of the Filipino Major. The wrap-up meeting was hosted by Professor Xian Manxue, Dean of the Southeast Asia Department, and over 30 students, with their teachers in respective languages, attended the meeting.

The 2014 undergraduates of the Thai Major went on a one-month exchange program in the 2016 summer vacation. Wang Xinyi, Chen Renjing and Zhang Xiaotong made a presentation on behalf of their classmates. During their stay in Thailand, they learned and interacted with Thai students and managed to be involved in the class under their Thai teacher’s guidance, taking courses like Thai application, architectural culture in Southeast Asia, folk art in Thailand, Thai history and etc. in Chulalongkorn University. They also participated in abundant extracurricular teaching practices and campus activities, and carried out field studies and teachings in their spare time. In this program, the students experienced original Thai education, gained first-hand knowledge on the Thai language and Thai cultures, and, most importantly, strengthened their emotional bonds and sense of cohesion.

 Presentation by Thai majors Wang Xinyi, Chen Renjing, Zhang Xiaotong

From September 10 to September 14, 25 students and teachers of the Southeast Asia Department went to Nanning, Guangxi Province for the China-Asean Expo educational activities. Shi Jingnan, as a representative of the Filipino Major, reported on this activity and the students’ feedback, after which the team leaders of each group also made a summary. During their stay in Nanning, they paid a visit to the exhibition hall of the China-Asean Expo, carrying out a series of interviews and questionnaires in the meantime. They were fortunate to receive a warm welcome from Liu Zhenmin, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The group also held a symposium with the Southeast Asia Department of Guangxi University for Nationalities, discussing the teaching methods and application of foreign languages. The fantastic pictures and videos reviewed during the meeting, along with the share of experiences, brought the students back to the pleasant journey to the China-Asean Expo. This activity strengthened the students’ team spirit, broadened their cultural horizons, improved their language skills and gave them an in-person experience and a bright outlook of the China-Asean relationship.

Report by the Filipino major Shi Jingnan

It has been the 4th year since the Southeast Asia Department sent out China-Asean Expo visiting groups for educational activities combining teaching with practice. The teachers lead students to be deeply involved in the cutting-edge communications between China and Southeast Asian countries, through which the students can not only comprehend the target country and the status and dynamics of China-Asean relationship, but also realize the meanings, influences and outlook of foreign language studies. Therefore, it has become a characteristic activity in the talent cultivation of the Southeast Asia Department.
Sharing of experiences among the group

The third presentation was delivered by the 2014 undergraduates from the Philipino Major, introducing their field teachings conducted in Dezhou and Filipino film making. Xu Yang reported on their visit to the Tomb of King of the emirate Saltanah Sulu. In the Ming Dynasty, the King came to China to pay a visit to the Emperor Yongle. On his way back, he died of sickness in the city Dezhou, Shandong Province. The government of the Ming Dynasty built a tomb for him, which became today’s Cemetery of the King of Saltanah Sulu. It is more a shrine of China-Philippine friendship than merely a cemetery, which illuminates the long-lasting friendship between the two countries, and also serves as a field teaching spot for the Filipino majors to learn about the culture of ancient Philippine and the history of China-Philippine relationship. On the June 26 of 2016, the students, led by Professor Wu Jiewei and Professor Shi Yang, went to the Cemetery of the King of Saltanah Sulu located in Beiying Village, Decheng District of Dezhou City. They paid a visit to the memorial archway, tomb passage, tablet corridor, mosque and museums, during which period the teachers introduced the history of King of Saltanah Sulu visiting China and reviewed the communications between the two countries. Later, a documentary King of Sulu and Chinese Emperor, produced together by China and Philippine, further strengthened the students’ understanding towards this history. This activity is an extension from the in-class study, a unique field study of Philipino culture, which achieves the combination of teaching and learning, study and practice. The students are provided with a valuable opportunity to deeper understand what they have learned in class, and then to have more ideas about the development of Islam in Philippine and the cultural communication between China and Philippine.

Xu Yang presenting the field teaching results of their visit to the Tomb of King of Sulu in Dezhou City, Shandong Province
Another activity of the Filipino Major, the Filipino film making, was reported by Yin Ziyou. Since May, the students of the Filipino Major have started planning on the Filipino film making under the guidance of Professor Ariel Diccion. In a few months, they shot and produced a 90-minute Filipino film, and all the work about script, acting, shooting and post-production was finished by themselves. The initial preparation for the script was accomplished under the help of the foreign teacher, during which the students’ ability in writing and translating Filipino has been greatly improved. Later, they spent about two weeks in the summer vacation shooting the film. Performing in the film and reciting the scripts contributed to their oral expression and communication skills. In the post-production period, the students learned various editing skills in processing the videos and sounds. They were so devoted to the project that not only their foreign language skills were comprehensively strengthened but also they enhanced their organizing skills and team spirit. After the presentation, the teachers and students present watched the film Dead Poets Society in Filipino together, and the students were praised for their performances in the film.

Shooting films in foreign languages is an innovative teaching method created by the Filipino Major. It is gradually developing and maturing throughout years in the teaching practices of the Filipino undergraduate classes, it extends class teaching towards extracurricular activities and motivates the students to study.
Yin Ziyou showing the film script

After all the presentations, Professor Xian Manxue commented and thought highly of the achievements of these teaching practices. She was delighted to see the students benefit a lot from these innovative teaching activities, and Professor Jinyong, Professor Shiyang, and Professor Hong Lisha also expressed their expects for the future of these students.
In recent years, the Southeast Asia Department has been exploring the possibilities and making innovations in the teaching of foreign languages. The presentations in this wrap-up meeting is just a comprehensive representation of the efforts they paid and the fruit they gained. A teaching pratice activity closely related to the in-class teaching is a strong supplement to the in-class teaching, as well as an important part of professional foreign language teaching. These activities, developing throughout years, have been incorporated into the unique system of foreign language teaching and talent cultivation in the Southeast Asia Department. Students are not only motivated, but have a more specific understanding of their respective majors, which will play a positive role in their future development.