For more than 13 years, the dream of bringing teachers, especially English teachers to remote village schools, through internet and online resources has been with me. It has now come true.
A team of leaders from Feng Huang Education Department, English Curriculum Officers, Jin Xin Wan Xiao and Mu Li Wan Xiao, English teachers and Computer teachers, led by Principal Leung Wai Ming, chairman of the Hong Kong based charity , Reading Dreams Foundation Limited, kicked off the Reading-based English Enhancement Programme in Mu Li Wan Xiao, Feng Huang, Western Hunan, Xiang Xi Tu Jia Zhu and Miao Zhu Zhi Zhi Qu.
From 26 to 27 Nov 2015, a new arena was opened to these leaders.
“We have seen with our own eyes that our children can learn very fast, with new methodology and technology. Computers do help. We need to put more effort on collaboration between Computer teachers and English teachers. Students don’t even know where the letters are. They can tell which is capital letter and which is small letter. I shall visit the lessons more, and help solve the problems,” said Principal Long, head of Mu Li Primary School.
“The Education Department will take charge of the facilities and equipment. We shall provide technical support for Mu Li School. Next summer, 2016, all schools in Feng Huang will be installed with multi-media internet facilities, in every classroom. An action group will be formed to implement the pilot programme. Principal Long will be in charge. English Curriculum Officer Ms Liu will supervise Ms Li, English teacher of Mu Li. Computer teachers and Academic Head will collaborate. Ms Leng of Reading Dreams, project manager of Feng Huang schools (12 of them) will coordinate.”
“Students will start from Level 0 of i-learner. Picture books will be used extensively. Teachers have to ensure students can read aloud texts.”
“In March, the first inspection will be conducted, and then on June 1, 2016, students will do performance in English on Children’s Day in Feng Huang City. By the end of June, the Grade 6 English public examination scores of Mu Li and other experimental schools will be compared with the control schools”
Order was issued by Assistant Secretary of Education of Feng Huang, Mr. Yao, on the spot without hesitation, at the review and planning meeting after the demonstration lessons.
This is China. This is leadership of the CCP.
My ppt presentation for the leaders. I shared my Phase 1 Consultancy Experience in Yu Tim Primary School - how English enhancement was done and transformed the school.
Excerpt from the meeting minutes