To begin with, Cicely Meng noted the importance of intercultural knowledge and awareness in terms of teaching English in a more creative way. By providing many interesting comparisons of expressions from different English-speaking countries, teachers were gradually aware that a more effective teaching can be accomplished through incorporating authentic materials with ready-made textbooks, arousing students’ awareness of diverse cultures. Also, teachers were encouraged to perform a hands-on activity designing their own business card as a glimpse of creative teaching.
Following that, the second speaker,蔡其翰, provided many practices of International Education from Da-Dun Junior High School, introducing the Leadership Camp developed by the Morrison Academy. The program was conducted in English, and students had to pass the English oral test as well. In the morning alley, students are encouraged to put on an English role-play as a demonstration that they’re willing to share what they’ve learned in class with others. Also, students are asked to do self-introduction in English periodically to help create a more English-speaking environment.
Then, I was honored to be invited and share some of my humble ideas of how to improve English speaking ability by attending one on one online English class, which really can train us to think and express in English. I have been practicing speaking English online for more than 4 years, and gradually I conducted some of my classes totally in English, trying my best to be a teacher that can teach English as a subject and also as “a language”. My ambition is that I want to challenge the notion that we can only teach vocabulary and grammar.
In the Q&A section, teachers were so enthusiastic to learn more about the English Village and its programs for junior high students because they tended to think that it would be such a waste if students couldn’t learn to speak English with these well-organized facilities. Steve Chen, who is now in charge of Taichung English＆Art Museum, answered those questions in detail. Also, the English Advisory Group promised to make sure that this unanimous agreement can be reached to those policy makers in the Education Bureau.