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OUP joins Liulishuo for China Rural Teachers Support Plan
17 September 2019
OUP Mainland China (OUP MLC) has collaborated with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team at Liulishuo—an AI company that specializes in products that support the learning of English—to support Liulishuo’s Rural Teachers Support Plan. The partnership forms part of our longer-term CSR activities in China, which are focused on bringing high-quality education materials to a wider area of the region.
Liulishuo first launched the Rural Teachers Support Plan in 2017, and has since provided 2,000 rural teachers across China with free online English courses to improve both their English language proficiency and their teaching. Now, through our involvement, the Plan will bring quality professional development materials and workshops to deprived areas of rural China.
The launch of the collaboration involved a two-day workshop in the Guomen Primary School in Cangyuan County—a small town in Yunnan Province, close to the China- Myanmar border. During the workshop, two professional development trainers from OUP MLC provided interactive sessions on English speaking, reading and vocabulary.
Through practical teaching guidelines, interactive demonstrations, and reflective case studies, the teachers were introduced to new teaching methods that they had never previously been exposed to. As one teacher, Ms. Zhang, commented: ‘I have learned a lot! There are so many things that we have never experienced before. We have taught English for so many years, yet all we have been using are traditional teaching methods. What the trainers brought us refreshes our thinking towards English teaching.’
Across the two days, the programme covered approximately 70 per cent of English teachers in Cangyuan County. Later this year, a selected group of teachers from Cangyuan will have the opportunity to travel to Shanghai for a more advanced workshop with OUP.
Weizhen Li, Head of Public Affairs at OUP MLC, helped to arrange the launch event. Speaking about the collaboration, she said: ‘Education is key to helping eliminate poverty in rural areas of China. I’m pleased to see that this programme has received so much support from Cangyuan county local education authority, as well as from industry, and schools. We’re looking forward to supporting even more teachers through our partnership with Liulishuo in the future.’