Improving English Teaching Capabilities In China

Master trainers hard at work during the weeklong course in Singapore

Master trainers hard at work during the weeklong course in Singapore

Over 2,600 middle school teachers from Heilongjiang, China, are now equipped with teaching methods and approaches that will help them deliver their English lessons more effectively.

Funded by Temasek Foundation, the English language pedagogy programme was organised in partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre, the Heilongjiang Provincial Education Committee and Harbin Normal University.The Temasek Foundation-SEAMEO Regional Language Centre Capability-Building Programme for Heilongjiang Master Teachers of English saw 50 master trainers undergoing a rigorous programme, including a one week Train-the-Trainers course held in Singapore. Training for the 50 master trainers was completed in May 2011.

The master trainers then used their knowledge to develop training programmes for other teachers. With the support of the Heilongjiang Provincial Education Committee, workshops were organised where the master trainers transferred their knowledge to other teachers.

The training programme proved to be a great success, benefitting more than 2,600 teachers instead of the initial target of 1,000.