On the morning of July 10th, the opening ceremony of Oakland University Summer Institute for English Teacher Training in 2017 was Held in Kaili University.
Leaders from Qiandongnan Education Bureau Mr. Zuozhao Wu (vice-director of Education Committee) and Mrs. Jing Jin (chief of teacher resources section); leaders from Kaili University Mr. Renhai Yao (president), Mr. Maogang Zheng (assistant president), and Mr. Guihua Xie (dean of School of Foreign Languages); American English teacher Mrs. Lenore Hiscoe and Mr. Ikaika Binkowski; in addition to, 45 English teachers from Qiandongnan autonomous prefecture attended the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Maogang Zheng.
Mr. Miaogang Zheng’s announcement marked the beginning of the ceremony. Mr. Renhai Yao gave a welcome speech to the foreign teachers, leaders, and all trainees. In the speech, he stressed the urgent need of English in Guizhou province, especially in our prefecture. He also introduced Kaili University in fluent and accurate English. He wished that all the trainees seize the rare opportunity to work hard, in order to help students. In this way, the teacher can improve basic education in the prefecture. After that, Mrs. Lenore Hiscoe gave her speech. She expressed her sincere thanks for the officials. It is her 11th time to Guizhou to train English teachers. She said she brings 39 years of teaching experience and Ikaika brings youth and enthusiasm to the class and that understanding other languages opens the doors to the world. On behalf of Qiandongnan Education Bureau, Mr. Zuozhao Wu explained the requirements for the teachers: First, with heart and soul to study hard; furthermore, make full use of the platform to improve English level; finally, to be more aware how far behind situation of English education is in our prefecture.
The training classes will last 25 days from July 10, 2017 to August 3, 2017. It has diversity training forms which include English teaching methodology, Group cooperative teaching and learning, English movie appreciation, etc.