GlobaLinks December 2023 (Issue 58)

Swedish teaching enriches global education at CUHK

Prof. Paulsrud is impressed with the curiosity and dedication of CUHK students.

Prof. Paulsrud is impressed with the curiosity and dedication of CUHK students.

As part of the University’s effort to promote ‘Internationalisation at home’ to allow students to experience global learning without travelling abroad, CUHK has been collaborating with the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) in the Teaching Sabbatical Programme which engages Swedish scholars to teach at CUHK. Prof. BethAnne Paulsrud from Dalarna University was hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CRI) at CUHK during the first term.

Prof. Paulsrud taught courses of two programmes, Postgraduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She enjoyed co-teaching with Prof. Barry Bai of CRI and was deeply impressed by CUHK students. ‘CUHK students are very dedicated in their pursuit of English language teaching methodologies. They are very hard working as many work full-time while studying for their teacher qualifications. They are similar to Swedish students in many ways, but the entry requirements of the teacher education programmes at CUHK are much more competitive.’

Prof. Paulsrud gives a seminar on ‘English in Higher Education–Policies, Practices, and Possibilities’ at the English Language Teaching Unit.

Prof. Paulsrud (in green dress) gives a seminar on ‘English in Higher Education–Policies, Practices, and Possibilities’ at the English Language Teaching Unit. 
(Photo credit: English Language Teaching Unit)

During her sabbatical in Hong Kong, Prof. Paulsrud also visited local primary schools and delivered seminars at CRI, the CUHK English Language Teaching Unit, and the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics, among others. She has gained many new ideas for education teaching and insights into English language teaching in the local context. ‘It was great to learn that academics at CUHK and I share many similar research interests and a passion for teacher education in the English subject. I look forward to more future collaborations with CUHK colleagues!’

The STINT programme is organised annually. Departments which are interested in hosting Swedish fellows under the programme are welcome to contact Ms. Olivia Kwok of the Office of Academic Links.