​International award for Chichester’s trainee-teacher

A TRAINEE-TEACHER from China has spoken of his delight after winning an international award for his work in education.

University of Chichester student Peng Fang topped the National English Teaching Contest for College Teachers (NETCCT), organised by the Chinese government. The competition aims to provide a platform to further the development of teaching foreign languages in China.

Mr Fang is enrolled onto the University’s International Short Programme Unit, which specialises in the training and development of teachers and has, for the last 20 years, been expanding its programmes across east Asia.

He was given the top prize for his innovative teaching techniques which help to teach English through songs by rock group Coldplay.

Mr Fang said: “[It] has been the most remarkable lesson in my life through participation in the National English Teaching Contest for College Teachers by inspiration and integration of your CLIL teaching methodology.”

The NETCCT competition is organized by the Ministry of Education, of the People’s Republic of China, and Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. Since opening in 2010, it has had nearly 1,000 entrants from colleges and universities across China.

Mr Fang was the only male teacher to make the final shortlist, alongside 15 other lecturers. Having graduates from the Chichester short course, he now works as an English teacher at Hubei University of Automotive Technology.

Speaking to his tutors at the University of Chichester, Mr Fang added: “[I’d like to] express my sincere gratitude for your assiduous training for me and all the other teachers during last summer.”

For more about the International Short Programme Unit and its professional training programmes visit www.chi.ac.uk/international.

For more about the international award go to http://nfltc.sflep.com.

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