ELTU staff bring their expertise to China

Posted by pt91 at Jun 30, 2016 01:40 PM |
English language teachers benefit from University of Leicester training during Shanghai visit

James Lambert and Glynis Scaramuzza from the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) travelled to Fudan University in Shanghai at the end of May to deliver two days of workshops to around 150 university English language teachers from all over China.  The theme of the days was: A Task Based Approach to English for Academic Purposes.

The workshops were hugely successful with feedback describing it as ‘rewarding, instructive and inspiring’. The conference organiser and President of China EAP association, Jigang Cai, commented that: "China began its EAP practice in 2013 when Shanghai initiated a paradigm shift from General English to EAP at tertiary institution, EAP teacher development is the key. We have run different kinds of workshops, but yours was especially instructive.  Your university and two trainers travelled to Shanghai, offering a valuable and unique workshop to Chinese EAP teachers, which plays a crucial role in their better understanding of EAP concepts and methodology. The contribution to China's EAP development is great and will function as a milestone in the history of Chinese EAP development."

Plans are already in place for further training to take place either in China or in Leicester and the workshops followed by a conference, at which James also presented, have helped to raise the profile of the University of Leicester and put the ELTU at the forefront of EAP development in China.

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