Five trainee teachers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong spent a morning at Millthorpe School. The trainee teachers, who are training to become teachers of English back in Hong Kong, spoke with students, took a tour of the school, and spent time in lessons with Millthorpe teachers and their classes.
The visit was part of the trainee’s programme of study, which involves spending two months in an English speaking country. The trainee teachers were particularly interested in looking at Teaching and Learning strategies in the classroom and they said that they wanted to look at classroom strategies that were less didactic in nature.
At the end of the visit the trainee teachers commented that ‘the teaching environments (classrooms) are very similar to China, but the atmosphere is very different. The students here are more engaged and eager to take part in the lesson.’
The trainee teachers said they were looking forward to coming back to Millthorpe on Friday 3 July for a second visit. One trainee said ‘Lessons here are exciting, fun and engaging. Children are enjoying learning and we enjoyed it too.’