International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Lessons Learned from Summer Institute of Southwestern Georgia Writing Project (SWGWP): Implications for Professional Development of English Language Teachers in China
Xiangjuan Zeng, ChuChu Wu

Abstract
The Summer Institute (SI) of Southwestern Georgia Writing Project (SWGWP) held at Georgia Southwestern State University featured three characteristics: classroom-based research, writing, and teaching practices. The practices of the SI based on a teachers-teaching-teachers model emphasized on reflective, collaborative, and inquiry-based learning and teaching processes. The SWGWP was able to continue to sustain participants’ engagement with the project during and after the completion of SI through inquiry-based in-class activities and out-of-class social networks activities. Hopefully, the lessons learned from SWGWP can be implied for designing a long-term, cultural context-specific, participant-centered as well as reflection-based and integrative professional development model for in-service English language teachers in China.

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