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REW delivers teacher development in China

Stephanie Grayston with program participants from Tianjin Economic Development Area. 

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) recently ran two Teacher Development programs in China for primary and secondary school teachers.

In collaboration with Fengtai Education Commission, REW trainers, Amber Hughes and Helen Smith, delivered a program in Beijing designed for teachers who deliver their specialised subject matter in the medium of English. 

Fifty teachers from the Fengtai District attended the seven day program, which covered topics such as Learner Independence, Flipped Learning and Reflective Teaching. In addition, a significant part of each session focused on adapting these ideas for use in the teachers’ own contexts and devising new activities or materials for immediate classroom use.

Teachers were enthusiastic throughout and keen to discuss how different methodologies might complement modern Chinese classroom teaching. 

They commented that the classes were rich in content, with varied activities which were highly motivating.

REW trainers also observed participants in their school and were able to provide useful feedback about classroom techniques.   
The Fengtai teachers' feedback was extremely positive and they indicated they would return to their classes with new ideas and a better understanding of effective teaching.  

“The whole course fully focuses on the students and the teachers as facilitators. Every activity and idea maximizes student engagement and induces student thinking,” they said.

REW Academic Projects Specialist, Stephanie Grayston, also travelled to China to deliver a Teacher Development workshop in the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA).  

The workshop, which was sponsored by the Tianjin Education Commission and hosted by the Tianjin TEDA Experimental School, focussed on how teachers can use the Flipped Learning model to help their students become active learners. 

Participants learned how to foster higher order thinking skills in their students through classroom activities that require autonomy and interaction.

The TEDA participants included teachers of sciences, humanities and languages. Many participants did not speak English, so translated booklets and a training room interpreter were used.

This workshop showcased REW's new teacher development program, which has been designed to improve the skills of teachers of any subject. 

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