Julie Bramond, who has taught French in the Language School for the last several years, is currently teaching at Vanier’s partner in China, Qufu Normal University for the fall semester. Julie has been particularly successful in introducing active learning techniques to her different classes. Her students have appreciated role-plays, making videos, and improvisations. She has changed her teacher-centred classroom into a student-centred classroom.
Julie represented Vanier College at the Quebec-Shandong Conference of International Education on October 28. This Conference was presented by Vanier and Marie-Victorin in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. A group of approximately 25 vocational college teachers and administrators participated in the Conference where Marie-Victorin presented competency-based instruction and Julie presented the active learning strategies that she has introduced to her classroom at Qufu. Her audience gave her a very positive evaluation, particularly her efforts to speak Mandarin. One audience member praised Julie’s “pure and traditional method of speaking”; this is partly thanks to the instruction in Mandarin received by Julie from Shirley Zhu, Vanier’s Mandarin teacher, before Julie set off to China in late August.
Julie was also helpful to Vanier as she helped receive the two students currently studying Mandarin at Qufu Normal University this school year. That welcome served to help orient these students to the different culture of China and facilitated their entry to the University.