A brief introduction to the roles and job descriptions of the Advisory Group was first made by today’s keynote speaker to officially open the workshop, which includes all the professional workshops, English competitions, the promotion of important policies, educational researches and teaching resources. It was also suggested that teachers should incorporate corresponding teaching techniques, like Readers’ Theater or Learning by Singing, into their own classrooms in order to truly fulfill the concept that every student deserves a fair chance as the elites do. Moreover, a variety of workshops designed to brush up on teachers’ professionalism are already arranged by the Group this summer, so teachers are very welcome to sign up in time.
Quizlet.com is an online flashcards making website, allowing teachers to create visually heavy aids with only some simple steps to follow so that learners can pick up new words more effectively and naturally. With the ready-made templates, teachers can easily make flashcards, annotate definitions, and most important of all, add pictures to create a more durable and vivid image for learners to retain. What’s more, this is also a social platform that teachers can follow and share each other’s dedicated work by signing up for an account. It features six different modes, such as Flashcard Mode, Speller Mode, Learn Mode, etc, to meet the diverse needs of teachers. With a concise demonstration, the audiences should have gained a clear picture of how it can help with their teaching.
The second half of the workshop was for the assigned teachers to share their innovative teaching strategies, so we can learn some practical techniques to benefit our students. First of all, how to implement RT with proper grouping in the classroom was shown clearly with pictures and video clips so that teachers can try to reconstruct this successful practice in their own classrooms. Next, home-made learning materials, like homework for summer vacation, vocab tests and worksheets that are used to get students to introduce local culture in English, were well presented. Then, by developing remedial supplements of phonics and sight words, slow learners can have a fair chance to try to catch up with others. Finally, English songs were mentioned several times as an effective technique to improve students’ listening comprehension and even grammar competence as well.
On behalf of the Education Bureau, certificates of award were presented to all the speakers today for their wonderful and well-prepared presentations by the Advisory Group. Positive feedback have been given during the Q&A session as well, and teachers expressed their willingness to apply what have been shared into their own classrooms. Most important of all, let’s not forget the main idea of attending workshops like this is to equip ourselves with original and doable skills that can add some flavor to our perennial test-driven teaching practice and engage as many students as possible.