SABEH's Alignment to Chinese Education Reform
Adhering closely to the educational reform objectives for 2010 developed by Peoples Education Press, a company that has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in China for over fifty years on education and reform, SABEH provides Chinese teachers of English at key schools and universities with an intensive, two-week interactive workshop on Teaching English as a Second Language, through American Literature, Geography, History and the Arts. Follow-up support with Chinese English teachers is offered through internet mentoring the year after the workshop.
Our highly experienced teacher volunteers have already worked in key schools in Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Zhuhai and Fuzhou. Chinese host schools generously provide for in-country expenses and half the international air fare. To date we have worked directly and indirectly with many hundreds of teachers and students.
1. These problems and recommended reforms were identified by Ren Changsong, Deputy Director, Research Department, People's Education Press, in “Basic Education Curriculum Reform in China,” a PowerPoint presentation to American educators from SABEH at PEP headquarters, September 9th, 2010.
2. The “Three Principles of Effective Learning” from Enhancing English Language Learning…, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and Delta Systems Co., Inc. Illinois. 2000. Updated: April 2009 http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/resources/teachinggrammar.html
i. Increase Comprehension: make meaning clear through visuals, demonstrations, modeling, etc.
ii. Increase Interaction: provide opportunities to use English in non-threatening ways including small group discussions, cooperative learning, pairing of students.
iii. Increase thinking skills: explicitly teach thinking skills, study skills, and learning strategies including the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy, note taking, webbing, analysis, comparing and contrasting.
3. Enhancing English Language Learning…, (footnote 2) is a teacher education curriculum that represents over seventy years of teaching professional development by its four authors: Allene G. Grognet, Judith Jameson. Lynda Franco, and Maria Derrick-Mescua; CAL Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, non-profit organization committed to bringing a wide range of research-based information and resources on language and culture to teachers.
Driscoll, D.P. “Updated Guidance on Qualifications for Teachers in Sheltered English Immersion Classrooms.” Available from http://www.doe.mass.edu/ell/default.html?section=archive (Accessed 23 Feb. 2010).
Gardner, H. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New York: Harper Collins, 1985.
Other resources available on request.