Knox signs agreements with Chinese university

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

Knox College has signed a pair of agreements with a Chinese university that will allow students to teach in China and faculty members to explore other exchange opportunities.

The first agreement will send Knox students to China later this year as part of a new course in teaching English as a Second Language.

The deal with Anhui Normal University was sealed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Lawrence B. Breitborde and Jason Helfer, assistant professor of educational studies, during a trip to China in December.

“Under the first agreement Knox students will study ESL methods during the fall of 2008,” Breitborde said. “Then they will travel to China to teach undergraduates at Anhui University for about three weeks in December 2008.”

A representative of the university visited Knox last spring and met with Helfer.

According to Breitborde, the second agreement charts a multiyear path toward other academic exchanges and activities involving Knox and Anhui.