This Program, which started in July 2013 and concluded in August 2016, aimed to show how English can be efficiently and interestingly taught with picture books. When the program launched three years ago, many local English teachers had never seen a picture book before. Now, with the support of the EB, we are excited to see a lot more quality English reading materials in the libraries and classrooms of the Hefei schools.
Ms. Percie Wong is the principal trainer for this program and helped plan all the training sessions. At Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, she conducts the “Teachers who Enlighten Kids” training for parents and the “Train the Trainer Workshop” for teachers and social workers. She is a seasoned trainer and speaker. She often tells English stories in public libraries and community centers in Hong Kong.
“As a trainer, I faced a huge challenge. On the day I arrived in Hefei, Cindy Qin, China Special Program Manager of the Foundation, had a discussion with me, and we both believed that the teachers in Hefei were reluctant to use picture books to tell stories. I had to do whatever I could to enhance their understanding, which was the objective of the trip. Therefore, in each training seminar, we held a large number of discussions in order to strengthen the effectiveness of training, including class observations, storytelling demonstrations, and on-the-spot guidance by education expert, Julie Fowlkes.
As I had reported, the teachers had little motivation in adopting extra pedagogical methods. In addition, they were worried that if extra teaching were added, students would not be able to maintain their academic results. They are reluctant to make changes. If extra teaching could not result in immediate and noticeable improvement in students’ academic performance, the teachers would rather keep the status quo.
Both the teachers in Hefei and I benefited greatly from this training. The class demonstrations improved the learning curve of the pre-selected potential teachers and enhanced their reasoning abilities. Also, the pedagogical skills and storytelling techniques of those participating teachers were specifically enhanced. It can be said that the English teachers’ initiatives in self-learning paved the way for the success of this training. Undoubtedly, this Project can be handed over to the EB for further development.
With the new academic year, the training finally yielded positive results. I noticed that budding teachers shared their amazing teaching results in their WeChat Friends Circle. It appears that they have at last started to put what they have learnt into practice. This, without doubt, signals a good start for their development from which students will stand to benefit.” – Ms. Percie Wong, Trainer of English Teacher Training Program
Click here for the highlights of the Training Program and a summary of the Summer English Training Camp 2016: http://www.cysffreading.org/news/1244