DElaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) was inaugurated on Saturday September 7, 2013 on UD campus. The Inauguration event attracted more than 50 participants from the tri-state area, including Delaware State officials, scholars, teachers, students, and community supporters.
DECTA is a collaborative effort supported by University of Delaware’s Confucius Institute and the Chinese Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Delaware Chun Hui Chinese School, Chinese School of Delaware in Hockessin, Friend’s School in Wilmington and other local schools.
The purposes of the DECTA are as follows:
The constitution and by-laws of the DECTA were passed unanimously by all voting members.
Dr. Xiao Liu from the State Department of Education gave a keynote speech on Delaware’s World Language Immersion project and the certification requirements and procedures as well as job opportunities for Chinese teachers.
Professor Wei Lu, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University also gave a lecture on “Access and Application of Online Chinese Language Instructional Resources”.
Dr. Shuhan C Wang, renounced Chinese language educator, Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society, and former Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the Delaware Department of Education, also attended the inauguration and shared her insights in teaching Chinese in the United State, finding career path as a Chinese teacher and balancing work and life.
Representative from Delaware Council On The Teaching of Foreign Languages (DECTFL) also presented and congratulated the establishment of DECTA.
Nine people were elected to serve on the Board of Directors for DECTA on the inauguration day. They are: