Today, teachers from junior high schools attended a workshop for a simple introduction to Tumblebooks, a well-eastablished collection of English picture books, at Jhong Hua Elementary School. The Education Bureau is planning to promote the use of Tumblebooks in junior high while all elementary schools in Taichung City have already benefited from it for almost two years, proving it a very resourceful and motivational learning materials other than ordinary textbooks.
Now, all junior high schools are also offered a chance of trailing a complete service temporarily from November 8th to December 15th by logging on to 台中市國小英語電子書. Please note that you can directly link to the website with the Internet connection WITHIN your school by clicking on the icon, 校內連線, while users OUTSIDE schools need the username, tcjunior, and password, tcjunior, to sign in by clicking on 校外連線. After fully testing the whole function, please complete the questionnaire and send it back to email@example.com, which can be served as a very important reference to the decision of whether to sign the contract. Thanks a lot for your help!!
Tumblebooks features animated picture books, interactive games and American-accent recording to booster the application of sight words, even grammatical structures. Teachers can also download lesson plans, worksheets and book reports from each book, making students exposed to a much more authentic and interesting English environment. Therefore, the most significant character of Tumblebooks is that students can be overwhelmingly intrigued by many of the award-winning picture books, and we teachers can just easily tap into those ready-made and teacher-friendly online resources to make the most use of Tumblebooks.
In my humble opinion, we English teachers should be able to think outside the box, being aware of the importance of innovative teaching strategies, especially in terms of the up and coming abolishment of the BCT. Of course, unlike textbooks, which are carefully organized to systematically equip students with necessary vocabulary and structures in order to ace written tests, there’s still a long way to go before this kind of unconventional learning materials to fully take effect in English classroom, which without a doubt, requires a collective wisdom of we English teachers.