Since CQUPT started the work of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia epidemic prevention and control, more than 30 foreign teachers staying in overseas have response in time, and reported related information to the International Office of CQUPT respectively from the United States, Thailand, Italy, Vietnam and other countries. They have expressed their understanding and supporting of China’s disease resistance measures and said that they have been greatly inspired and glorious to fight the epidemic disease as a member of our university. At present, more than 30 foreign teachers in our university have not been infected, all of whom have achieved practical results in the prevention and control and teaching work.
After receiving the online teaching notice, foreign teachers scattered in many countries earnestly studied the university’s teaching program, installed the teaching platform, got familiar with the use skills, compared and selected learning resources, and made all the teaching programs and materials for university inspection one week in advance. They made online lesson preparation, live teaching and online discussion, doing a good job as “scripter and director” seriously. They also made online courses interacting with their students, and often encouraged them to overcome the epidemic with a positive and confident attitude.
Sewall, an American teacher of International College, took the lead in online teaching of Audio-Visual-Oral English 4 through pre-built WeChat group. He would log on to the WeChat group 15 minutes in advance of each class to remind each student to go online in time and pay attention to the teaching information. Teaching was carried out in the form of multi-mode, integrating text, audio and video materials. The design of the teaching content was reasonable, and the teaching characteristics of Audio-Visual-Oral course in the network-based teaching platform were fully considered. Teachers recorded instructional videos in advance, and classes were conducted in a variety of ways, including word play, sentence formation, personal audio presentations, and group discussions. Classroom operation was smooth, strong in interaction, high degree of student participation.
Paolo, an Italian foreign professor of School of Foreign Languages, taught in the way of online audio and video, and shared online documents and resources for his students to preview before class. In the course of teaching, he also actively interacted with them in QQ group from time to time. Paolo would share PPT courseware and posted the homework request in the QQ group after class. Students generally said that, although far away from thousands of miles, across the screen, this way also let them become one.
Song Byungjo, a Korean teacher, is currently in South Korea, playing pre-recorded instructional videos every week. There was a large amount of work in the early stage of each video, which needed to be selected and supplemented. Finally, the video was rich in information and the video production was also very excellent. At the same time, Mr. Song often provided some basic and interesting Korean learning material in the group, and sometimes made some daily conversations with the students through the voice function. These measures increased the interest and confidence of students who were new to Korean.
The course “Networked Control System (1) (Automation Network)” taught by DEEPAK, a foreign teacher of School of Automation, was conducted both by watching the MOOC of Yang Geng’s Network Technology and Application and WeChat Q&A. When teachers and students watched the lesson synchronously, DEEPAK would send screenshots of the key and difficult points in the course to the WeChat group, gave a systematic and in-depth explanation, and exchanged key knowledge and related issues with students in a timely manner. Mr. DEEPAK had a reasonable grasp of the rhythm of online teaching. Students followed the teacher’s instructions to learn step by step and had sufficient time to think and take notes. In order to better understand the students’ course learning situation, DEEPAK paid special attention to the interaction with his students. He asked related questions to them through WeChat group and invited them to answer. What’s more, he would answer the questions put forward by students patiently.
The foreign teachers have been very grateful to the foreign affairs and teaching staff of the university and schools for their help in the prevention, control and teaching. They have worked together to overcome many difficulties to build a network teaching platform, to share prevention and control information in time, coordinate online teaching arrangements, to organize active participation of students, and to assist teaching evaluation. They believe that the great friendship against the epidemic has deepened their understanding of China, and enhanced the friendship and mutual trust. We hope that the concerted efforts to fight the epidemic will ensure that people will return to campus as soon as possible.
Sewall, an American teacher of International College, teaches Audio-Visual-Oral English 4.
Song Byungjo, a Korean teacher, gives lessons. (Photo by Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges)