A total of eighty public junior high schools are divided into six groups so that teachers from neighboring ones can attend the workshop. The workshop is held to create an opportunity for English teachers to exchange teaching ideas and practices. Thus, all the participants can reflect on their own and gain some novel strategies to incorporate in their class. Those who are assigned to share their work at the workshop will have to organize their thoughts and prepare their PowerPoint slides in advance.
The first session of this workshop is for the Advisory Group to promote important policies and also share some professional development in terms of English teaching. Therefore, Gloria first introduced some major events from the timetable of this semester, including all the scheduled workshops, English competitions, and an introduction to some online resources, etc. Then, Richard, also a member of the Group, shared his experience of attending the TESOL training program subsidized by the Ministry of Education this summer. The program is composed of two parts, language skills and TESOL methodology, hoping that the participants can enhance their language skills and teaching effectiveness as well with this English immersion program in Australia.
The second session is for five teachers form different schools to share their innovative teaching strategies. First, a very vivid ppt designed to teach relative clauses was demonstrated. The whole interactive slides are so intriguing because they’re filled with cute pictures and clear illustrations. Second, another teacher shared their experience of holding a spelling bee contest, providing detailed procedures and students’ positive feedback. Next, several useful online resources were recommended with a group work of many teachers, such as Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab, Learn English Teens, Tumblebooks and so on, and they all have animated games or drills to arouse learners’ interest of learning. For more information of other teachers’ presentations, please click on the link above and see the original files if you wish.
The last session is for all the participants to give some constructive feedback or reflection based on all the presentations today. Thus, teachers should pay attention during the workshop and also think about what they have learned from those presenters. After all, the whole idea of this workshop is to bolster teachers’ professional development and eventually benefit our students.