On November 4th, Guizhou College English Teaching Forum in 2017, sponsored by School of Foreign Languages, was successfully held in the new campus of Zunyi Medical University. Our school was honored to invite our migratory experts - Professor Xu Jun, director of Research Institute of Translation and Interpretation and doctoral supervisor of University of International Business and Economics, and 20 teachers and experts from Zunyi Normal University, Zunyi Medical and Pharmaceutical College and Xingzhi Middle School to take part in.
To begin with the forum at 8:30, Mr. Tan Zhanhai, the dean of the School of Foreign Languages of Zunyi Medical College, delivered a welcoming address and gave a brief introduction concerning the current development of our school. Mr. Tan fully affirmed the significance of this forum and expressed his wishes that the exchangeing of teaching experience and reflection conducted at this forum will be conducive to the improvement of higher education in such aspects as teaching practices, teaching mode and ideas, etc.
The second item of this forum was a lecture given by Professor Xu from University of International Business and Economics entitled "Multimodal Teaching Exploration of Business English Writing". She referred to the internal relationship between the national development strategy and the discipline construction of Business English. Furthermore, Professor Xu made a brief description regarding the practical significance of applied and compound talents training.
Next part was about teaching demonstrations and reflections made by 8 college teachers, including Huang Ji Xin displaying “The Virtues of Growing Older”; He Yongjiao talking about “Job Interview” via audio-visual teaching mode; Zhao Wen, giving a lesson entitled " How Fast Can You Learn"; and Dr. An Shengxi with her introduction of "Speech Acts Theory in Pragmatics"; and Mr. Li Zhen showing how interesting "Marriage Across Nations" is. The five teachers from different teaching & research offices of our School of Foreign Languages demonstrated all kinds of excellent class teaching and led us to carry out active group discussions at this forum.
In addition, teachers from other universities and colleges also offered some thought-provoking ideas from different perspectives and shared with us their unique teaching experience. Miss Ma Ning from Zunyi Normal University demonstrated that it was effective for students to learn and improve their reading comprehension when they adopted the learning method specified in Teaching Methodology to raise questions about 5-Ws(what, who, where, when and why) based on the title of an article.
Next, Mr. Xia Tian, from Zunyi Medical and Pharmaceutical College, informed us of some teaching methods and focuses in English radio-diagnostics class; and the last teacher to do the demonstration is our foreign teacher, Mr. Andrew, who showed us how to make the class lively and interesting with a display entitled “Teaching Directional Vocabulary Using Geography”.
The good result is that all the teaching demonstrations were greeted with warm applause from all teachers and experts present here. At the end of this forum, Dean Tan made conclusions for the forum, appreciating all demonstrators’ wonderful teaching displays and sharing, from which all the teachers and students attending the forum benefited a lot.
In conclusion, this forum was undoubtedly a good opportunity for us to broaden our horizon, enhance our communications and enlarge our knowledge of teaching and learning. And it plays a leading role in promoting the development of our teachers and their teachings. （CW: Chen Rui; RW: Shi Yuwen）