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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

Macau Teaching Experience CTL

CWU Center for Teaching and Learning offers a quarter long field opportunity for all teacher candidates at the Hou Kong Premier School in Macau, China.

Macau School entrance

CWU students are each assigned to an English speaking cooperating teacher and teach all day, five days per week, in a K-12 Macau classroom of 25-30 children. A CWU student’s primary responsibility is to teach English, however, there are many opportunities to teach across the disciplines. CWU students are carefully matched with cooperating teachers, and are placed at grade levels according to their endorsement area and interest.

A CWU student teaching student in Macau

The program is valued for its exposure to cultural diversity, the opportunity to work with English language learners, and for offering an intensive experience with all practical aspects of the teaching profession, both in the classroom, as a teacher, and outside the classroom, preparing lessons and as a professional colleague.

The administration and staff at the Hou Kong premier school take wonderful care of our CWU students. The students are also supervised by CWU faculty throughout the process. Supervisors travel with the students to Macau & spend the first two weeks helping them to get acclimated; they then Skype regularly from the US, and return to Macau to facilitate the closure of the experience.

CWU students live on site in apartments provided by the Hou Kong School. They are given a generous stipend for meals and expenses, and are reimbursed for half of their airfare. The school is located in a friendly neighborhood with parks, restaurants and shopping nearby. CWU students have the opportunity to travel in and around Asia on weekends and over school holidays. Hong Kong is a one-hour ferry ride away. Many students take the opportunity to travel to Beijing, Thailand, and Indonesia during the quarter.


For information or an application contact:

Judy Backlund         backlundju@cwu.edu
Phil Backlund           backphil@cwu.edu
Melanie Kingham     kinghamm@cwu.edu

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