International Education Short-Term Programs
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International Programs, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, collaborates with international partner educational institutions and organizations to offer individualized, short term, non-credit programs for groups of teachers, student teachers and educational leaders.
Programs are designed to best reflect the educational and cultural contexts of the participating groups, the majority of whom request courses in the teaching of English as a Foreign or Additional Language (TEFL/TEAL).
The format normally includes workshops, seminars, discussion sessions, presentations, school visits, field trips, cultural events, enrolling 16 to 22 participants for 2 to 6 weeks.
- In-service teachers who wish to examine and to build on their own teaching and learning experiences with a view to developing new approaches, knowledge and skills, to be implemented in home teaching environments
- Pre-service education students who wish to extend their home university studies in core and special interest topics from an international perspective
- Educational leaders, such as principals and school administrators, who wish to focus on on-site visits and presentations by Canadian counterparts in exploring relevant areas of leadership principles and practices.
- Features which have, historically, been well received by participating groups include:
- Revisiting fundamental principles and practices of teaching and learning
- Integrating a range of academic, experiential and cultural experiences
- Participating in reflection, discussion, and evaluation sessions
- Working closely with local school districts
- Strengthening English language skills
- Deepening intercultural awareness
In addition to special requests, the following core components are included:
- Airport transfers
- Welcome and farewell receptions
- Core courses, such as, Principles of Pedagogy and Communication Skills and Canadian Studies
- A range of leadership themes for the educational leadership groups
- Special interest topics, such as, Reading, Drama, Environmental Studies, and Educational Technology
- Orientations to the campus, library, computer labs and the city
- Minimum 20 contact hours weekly
- School visits
- Selected field trips and cultural events
- Development of Action Plans
- Completion certificates
- Homestay option
After completing this program, the visiting teachers consistently recommend it to colleagues and friends. The broad range of teaching and learning experiences include classroom instruction, school visits, homestay, field trips and cultural events.
The environmental field trips are particular favourites. They are highly experiential. Participants visit a school salmon hatchery in the forest and an award winning marine education centre where they handle sea life and explore the local waters by boat.
Programs provide a broad range of learning experiences, enabling participants to pursue individual interests and expectations, while growing professionally. The programs offered are committed to:
- Promoting interactive approaches to learning
- Integrating theory and practice
- Developing creativity
- Valuing participants' teaching, leadership and study experiences
- Supporting life long learning
- Fostering international understanding.
Fees, available on request, are based on program duration, group size, operational features and special requests. If you would like us to provide a proposal, please complete the Request for Proposal Form and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon Fraser University (SFU), ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, has an outstanding reputation at home and abroad. Established in 1965 on Burnaby Mountain, SFU now has three distinctive campuses (Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey) located in the Province of British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. The region boasts a mild climate, a diverse multicultural community, numerous arts and sporting events, varied outdoor activities and abundant natural beauty.
SFU has a current student population of over 30,000, with almost 20% international students and is a recognized leader in international engagement, with over 290 partnerships in 65 countries.
SFU’s Faculty of Education has over a decade of experience in partnering with educational institutions and organizations around the world to provide international education professional development programs. The participants have come to SFU from many countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Spain. Feedback from participants and partner institutions has consistently been positive.
Professional development is viewed as a key process in improving and maintaining quality education for all students. It involves the participants as active agents in their own continuous growth through which they develop their capacity to function as effectively as possible in their vocation and in society.
The Office of International Education in the Faculty of Education at SFU is dedicated to excellence in committing its experience, resources and expertise to the planning and delivery of this Professional Development Program.
Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Education
Office of International Education
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6