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English Teaching Forum, v54 n1 p39-42 2016

This article describes the teaching practice of two senior high school English teachers, Yu Huang and Yu Zhu. Their school is in Hezhang County--the No. 2 Middle School in the province of Guizhou. In China, most middle schools consist of six grades of students; the first three years are considered junior middle school and the latter three years are commonly referred to as senior middle school (or sometimes senior high school). Both Ms. Huang and Ms. Zhu are dedicated to helping their students build interest in the English language inside and outside the classroom. They work diligently to increase their students' confidence and give them access to more opportunities. For both of these women, communication and professional development are paramount to forming productive relationships with other teachers and the students--which leads to success in language learning. Both Ms. Huang and Ms. Zhu want their students to use English as a universal language to communicate and access more information and opportunities. They accomplish this goal by cooperating and by communicating openly with each other, their colleagues, and their students. Most importantly, they recognize the importance of professionalism and continuing education. Ms. Huang recently found out that she has been selected by the Chinese national government to participate in a summer exchange program at Georgetown University later this year. She plans to use this opportunity to strengthen her own skills as a teacher and then share them with others through teacher- training workshops. "My goal for this next year is to spread ideas to other teachers--first teachers in my school, and then in my county. I could be a trainer next year," said Ms. Huang.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Faculty Development, Communication Skills, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods

US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail: etforum[at]state.gov; Web site: http://www.forum.state.gov





Author: Gordon, Rebekah

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1412&id=EJ1094805







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