Judy Manton, long-time friend of Zigen, had volunteered for Zigen’s Rural English Teachers’ Training Program since 2004, almost every year. She has been well-travelled to Zigen project sites in Guizhou, Shanxi and Hebei provinces.
In August of 2016, the Rural English Teachers’ Training was held at a new location, namely, the training center at Hebei Normal University. Sixty trainees from rural schools of twenty-six counties participated the two-week long training session. Judy Manton teamed up with Cynthia Wiseman, associate professor of Borough of Manhattan Community College, Zhang Yuan, Jenny Cho and Wenxin Zhang for this occasion.
The trainers used a multitude of participatory teaching methods, such as role playing, games, singing, and multimedia. Many participants said the two-week training had been a transforming experience. After the training, they say they are no longer afraid of making mistakes while speaking in English, and have more confidence to express themselves in English. They also greatly appreciate the devotion and professionalism of the training team.
While members of the training team paid their own travel expenses, Zigen and the training center of Hebei Normal University supported and organized the program.
2004 年至今，滋根邀请美国退休英语教师Judy，在滋根项目地贵州、山西、河北等地开展暑期乡村英语教师培训。今年8 月，滋根与河北师范大学教师教育中心合作，邀请Judy 的培训团队，对河北26 个县的60 名英语教师进行培训。
培训从8 月5 日开始，为期两周。8 月5 日下午，Judy、 Cynthia 和卓燕妮三位老师和三位助教带着学员们开展了此次培训的破冰活动。破冰活动很吸引人，有新颖的自我介绍活动Name Chain，考验词汇量的Connect the Dragon，句子接龙成故事Pass a Long History，以及制作属于自己的最独特的名卡。大家都很享受这些有趣的活动，学员之间也很快熟悉起来。