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Welcome to the School of Education's Global Experience Program: China
Global Experience is a teaching practicum program for students enrolled in primary and secondary teaching courses. It offers you, as students, a diverse range of experiences in educational settings beyond Victoria, Australia.
The personal and professional benefits of engaging in an international experience are demonstrable. It challenges you to think about, deal with, and appreciate cultural and educational knowledge and/or practices and perspectives different from your own. And the result is a more global approach to the teaching-learning process.
Located northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilometres (186 miles) northwest of Kunming, Dali City is the economic and cultural centre of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. The area is surrounded by mountains on the east, west, and south, and has the Erhai Lake in its centre. Here you will find 25 ethnic minorities, which have created a unique cultural heritage amidst the area's picturesque surroundings. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/dali.htm
Present day Dali is a city that combines history with modern convenience. It is divided into two areas: the Ancient City and the New District (widely known as Xiaguan). The Ancient City is centred on the ancient city of Dali, first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient buildings, city walls and the old city moat are the sites most frequented by visitors. The famous Foreigner Street in the Ancient City attracts visitors with its handicrafts, and local culinary delicacies. Xiaguan, located to the south of the Ancient City, home to the government of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. Here hotels, public squares, and shopping centres add modernity to the otherwise historical city. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/dali.htm
While in Dali, there are cultural tours, artistic activities, lectures and meetings (with college students from both Colleges of Foreign Languages and Arts).
Dr Louise Mathews
Lecturer (Health and Physical Education)