29 Mar CLE Lecturers Attend the 2nd National EAP Teacher Training Day
On 25th March, 2017, CLE’s four instructors including Yu Chu, Yuxiu Hu, Zhuo Li, Xinting Zhang attended a full day of training about teaching English for academic purpose (EAP) at Language Center, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou. This is XJTLU Language Center’s second National EAP Training Day since 2015. It aims to help English language teachers working in China’s higher education develop EAP curriculum and teaching techniques. This training started with a case study presentation about EAP teaching by English teachers from Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology. Then the four CLE instructors participated in different workshops regarding teaching reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking skills, assessment, and developing teaching materials. As practitioners of EAP teaching at SUStech, all the four CLE instructors shared their experience, views about and difficulties of teaching academic English while communicating with XJTLU Language Center trainers and English teachers from other universities across China.
Teaching EAP has been becoming an emerging trend in China’s English teaching reform. EAP teaching is even more critical at SUSTech because students face challenges of using English textbooks for studying core courses and listening to English lectures since they enter the university. All the four CLE instructors indicated that the training provided a great opportunity to deepen their understanding of EAP teaching and gain some hands-on strategies for instruction, for example, the way of adapting and creating EAP classroom materials. What was learned in the training will definitely be applied to improving CLE’s EAP curriculum design and classroom teaching.
Apart from teacher training, secretary of CLE also paid a visit to Language Center of XJTLU, and communicated with administrative staff there. Secretaries from two centers shared experiences and challenges with each other, especially in center daily administration, office and teaching facilities/resources, language center environment building, HR management, foreign expert related issues, as well as faculty and student support.
(Written by Zhuo LI, Lulu LIU)