ERIC Number: ED371590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Report of a TEFL Workshop in China.
Lai, Eva F. K.
The report details a 12-day workshop for 40 teachers of English as a foreign language (TEFL) held in China. It begins with an overview of the status of instruction in English as a second language (ESL) in that country, highlighting both progress and the difficulty of keeping up with demand for ESL teachers. Areas of difficulty in ESL instruction, as perceived by the teachers, are then outlined and workshop content is described. In the first week, a variety of teaching approaches were introduced, with lectures on theory in the morning and practical applications using both foreign and Chinese instructional materials demonstrated in the afternoon. In the second week, the theme was creation of a learning environment by integrating the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and making lessons interesting. Course evaluation results are presented, with excerpts from participants' comments. Overall, the teachers found the workshop content useful and were motivated to make their instruction more communicative and lively. Followup activities, including incentives for classroom application of workshop content, were conducted. Recommendations for further action include development of additional instructional materials and the targeting of oral proficiency in teacher training. (MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Evaluation, Course Organization, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Kowloon.
Identifiers - Location: China