China - EDS388H5S: Experiential Learning Opportunity within the Community

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The Course

This internship is a minimum 100-hour experiential learning opportunity. The internship connects the students subject specialization to aspects of the teaching/training development profession. It will integrate, extend, and deepen the learning experience as students begin to identify particular academic or professional insights. Prior to enrollment, internship proposals must be approved by the program coordinator.

Exclusion: CTE388H5, 388Y5

Recommended Prep: EDS200H5, 210H5, 220H5, EDS300H5 (may be taken as a co-requisite).

The Trip

Students from the Education minor will spend approximately 3-4 weeks tutoring, co-teaching, and supporting student learning at Chinese boarding schools in Mainland China including the 271 Education Group, Hansen International School in Weifang, Shandong Province & Changle Middle School #2 in Changle, Shandong Province. During this experience, you will apply what you have learned in the classroom helping to develop lesson plans, delivering parts of the curriculum, helping students further develop their English skills, and engaging in a mutual learning exchange with local instructors. You will stay in the schools dormitories, share your meals with the students and instructors, and immerse yourself in a different classroom environment all while discovering everything the province of Shandong has to offer!

Want a student perspective? This is a new experience, but you can read student blogs from other trips here!

Activities Include

  • Work with individual and small groups of students;
  • Observations of specified students during class time; 
  • Guided reading program with small groups of students;
  • Withdrawal of small groups for extra help;
  • Develop learning centres aligned with learning goals of the classroom;
  • Develop "minds on" activities to be taught to class;
  • Conduct after-school English Corner activities;
  • Facilitate learning conversations.

Why Participate

  • Add international teaching experience to your resume;
  • Engage in a mutual learning exchange with local educators;
  • Discover the Chinese education system;
  • Ignite your passion for teaching in an international setting.


Estimated cost of International Component*: CAD$2500-2800

*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2018. 

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.

Funding: This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means;

  • All undergraduate UTM students enrolled in the course will receive $500 towards the international component of the course, should their application be successful.
  • Plus, additional bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.
  • Read more about funding here!

Important Dates

Date Description
Monday, January 22, 2018 Applications Open

Friday, March 16, 2018

Applications Close
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Offers Sent
Wednesday, March 21 from 10 to 12 pm OR Friday, April 6 from 2 to 4 pm in DV3130 Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop
Monday, March 26, 2018 Second Instalment Due
Monday, April 16, 2018 Third Instalment Due
Thursday, April 5 from 11am to 1pm Orientation
Thursday, April 26 from 11am to 1pm Pre-Departure Session
Monday, April 30, 2018 Fourth Instalment Due 

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (depart) to Sunday, June 3, 2018 (return) 

Travel Dates
Thursday, June 14 from 11am to 1pm Post-Trip Session


While placements will vary depending on student preferences and the needs of the local schools, the following structure will be implemented when possible:

Monday to Thursday

You will be paired up with a local English-speaking instructor for the duration of the internship. During class time you will shadow the instructor and support the delivery of their lesson plans engaging in all aspects of the curriculum delivery including co-planning, co-teaching, and co-debriefing. In the evenings, you will submit reflections and reports to your UTM faculty as required by the course.

Friday to Sunday

Weekends have been left open for you to enjoy the beauty of the city, explore its surroundings, or engage in school activities that may be of interest.

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in EDS388H5S and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad sessions.‚Äč


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