2011．第26卷第1期（Vol. 26 No. 1）．pp. 116
Energizing the ESL Professional Learning Community in Guangdong and Cross-border Fertilization: The In-service Programme for Guangdong English Teachers 2011
Barley S. Y. MAK（麥陳淑賢）
This paper reports on a three-week on-campus residential program organized by the Faculty of Education of The Chinese University of Hong Kong for 38 elite Guangdong English teachers from mainland China. The background of the program, followed by aims of the program as well as program activities and components will first be described. Next, participants’ feedback on the program in the form of a questionnaire will be presented. Benefits from the program as perceived by the participants regarding ESL teaching approaches, school visits and classroom observations, development of school-based English language curriculum, adaptation and development of teaching/learning materials as well as educational practices in Hong Kong are discussed. The paper concludes with possible ways to sustain and expand the professional learning community among the Guangdong teachers themselves and with teachers in Hong Kong as suggested by the participants.
Keywords: ESL professional learning community; training program for Guangdong teachers of English; professional development