TAT HEUNG CHOI (HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY)
ZI SOEN TINNOK NG (Diocesan Boys’ School)

TO ADOPT OR ADAPT: AN ENSEMBLE OF ELT PEDAGOGIES THROUGH PROFESSIONAL SOCIALISATION : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This workshop is an encore of a community of practice project which aims to nurture the next generation of teachers of English by giving them a head start on professional learning. This is in response to an increasing diversity in pre-service teachers’ developmental needs and the incongruity of teacher preparation with classroom reality. As a sequel to the finale festival of learning in Hong Kong, this workshop for a wider TESOL community showcases an ensemble of pedagogies (e.g. ‘Tale as old as time’: English activation through songs; ‘More has meant Matilda’: English activation through process drama; ‘Flip and tag’: English activation through technological wizardry) by adapting old forms to new uses. The exemplars lead to discussions on what to adopt and to adapt to make learning click and fun. The demonstrations conclude that learning from and with others through professional socialisation is reciprocally stimulating as Vygotsky and many others support.

Dr Tat Heung Choi has been involved in initial and in-service teacher education in Hong Kong. Her university education at London and Cambridge has shaped her teaching and research focus on initiatives seeking to promote social justice and participatory engagement with the integrated arts through English acquisition.

Mr Tinnok Ng is deputy head of the senior English Department at Diocesan Boys' School in Hong Kong. His repertoire of practitioner knowledge in the fields of communication, advertising, applied linguistics, as well as educational administration and management, has great relevance for our wider teacher community.