Cath Fraser, MA (Hons), PG Dip. SLT, Qualified Teacher (Higher Education)
I have over 25 years of experience in teaching and teacher training, in secondary schools, language schools, and higher education. I am particularly interested in 21st century educational concepts of active learning and student-centred delivery. I enjoy coaching teachers in new activities which include a range of learning styles and keep learning fun and engaging. My current role with a New Zealand Institute of Technology is to support research and staff academic writing and publishing; alongside this, I develop and deliver workshops and resources to train teachers across New Zealand.
One of the highlights of my career has been the time I have spent in China! I first visited Tianjin in 2014 with an Education NZ-sponsored teaching team and then joined the JESIE programme in 2016 and 2018. I love the cultural exchange that happens in the classroom and outside and the wonderful opportunity to be briefly emerged in local community life. I can’t wait to go back in 2020 and look forward to your company!
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Dr. Judith Honeyfield, Ph.D., RN, M Soc Science, Qualified Tertiary Teacher
Judith first visited China in 2005 while leading a Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health studies in New Zealand. During this project she developed a train-the-trainer program, which is still in operation today. Her Ph.D. focused on the development of new models for post-secondary/ tertiary teaching development. In 2016 she applied for and was accepted into the JESIE program and has now visited China three times to complete teacher development and cultural exchanges in Jiangsu province.
In 2019 she was appointed the academic lead and was very happy to support a group of nine teachers from New Zealand to participate in this important initiative. This group of teachers are planning to share their experiences and learning, having had their abstract accepted to a national teaching conference in late November 2019 in New Zealand. All teachers who participated this year are looking forward to presenting their learning and urging other post-secondary/tertiary teachers to apply for this very positive and satisfying initiative.
Dr. Penelope Goward
Dr. Penelope Goward had the privilege and honor of teaching English as a second language and leading the Australian International Team for the JESIE program from 2016 to 2018 (inclusive). Prior to this, she had taught ESL in Chengdu since 2012. During Penelope’s time as leader, she hosted professional support meetings for participants from Melbourne and across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States at her home and online; worked with a travel agent to assist participants to travel to Nanjing; developed a website; and assembled an orientation booklet. Penelope also taught study support and writing skills, which included English language support, at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, from 2012 to 2017.
Penelope has travelled extensively throughout China and remains friends with several of the teachers that she met and taught. She will continue to travel to and learn about China and contribute to building relationships between Australia and China.
The love of the English language and helping others understand it led me to train as an English as a Second Language teacher after being a primary school teacher for some years. I have also trained teachers (2001-2014) who wish to specialize in teaching ESL. I enjoy conversation groups as well as many different interactive teaching activities which make learning interesting.
I led teams of teachers from Australia to teach English in China from 2002 to 2016. We worked in Chongqing for three years, in Chengdu, and then in Jiangsu Province till 2016. We have learnt a lot about China from our students who were keen to share with us. We were happy to learn from them, too. There was a wonderful exchange of culture, food, and language.
Many tourist attractions were shown to us, and we joined in village and city life.