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‘Early Education Professional Development Advanced Course: Early Literacy Support (2020-2021)’ (Unit 2: Teaching in Support Program – Teaching Strategies, Class B)

2021-08-29

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DLCRE partnership project ‘GEG Chinese Literacy Education and Research Project’ (GEGCLEAR) co-organized the Teacher Training Program ‘Early Education Professional Development Advanced Course: Early Literacy Support (2020-2021)’ (Unit 2: Teaching in Support Program – Teaching Strategies, Class B).



On 28th August 2021, GEGCLEAR and DSEDJ’s Division of Teacher and Research Staff Development co-hosted the ‘Early Education Professional Development Advanced Course: Early Literacy Support (2020-2021)’ (Unit 2: Teaching in Support Program – Teaching Strategies, Class B). A total of 38 kindergarten teachers from Macau Baptist College and Escola Dom João Paulino participated in the session.

To compile with the recent heightened anti-epidemic measures of the Macau Health Bureau, face-to-face instructions were called off and replaced by online mode for this Teacher Training Program. To ensure a smooth session flow, the project team coordinated with the participating schools by arranging grouping and dissemination of relevant materials in advance for teacher participants’ better preparation.

Online mode, however, did not constrain the interactions between teachers and speakers. After logging into Zoom with a passcode, teachers attended the seminar on the three teaching domains in GEGCLEAR’s support program, namely ‘Language Comprehension’, ‘Prerequisite of Text Coding’ and ‘Text Coding’. Following the speaker’s elaboration on each domain, teachers discussed using the ‘Breakout Room’ function to design teaching activities. Speakers and project team members entered each of these 11 rooms to provide teaching and technical assistance suggestions.

After the discussion, teachers returned to the main conference room, and each group demonstrated the teaching activities they had designed. Participants role-played as teachers and students to explain their teaching process. Teachers worked well with each other remotely, and each group presented their thoroughly planned activity. After each group’s presentation, speakers from the project team gave their feedback and suggestions. Additionally, Ann Chen, Director of Macau Baptist College kindergarten and one of the speakers of the session, acknowledged each group’s effort and offered constructive feedback. She hopes the teachers could optimize their teaching in the future.

Class A of the current session was held on 17th July 2021 in hybrid mode. Session 3 ‘Adjustments in the Support Program’ will be held in two classes. The mode of instructions for these two classes in session 3 will be pertinent to the latest anti-epidemic measures.