Some of Bucklands new foreign teachers enjoying themselves during their orientation week.
The first foreign teacher welcome meeting grandly held in Sinan NO. 6 Middle School, Guizhou Province
Guizhou television review with Buckland foreign teachers (see the video )
Foreign Affairs Officer Tranining program
The Ankang City, Shanxi Province: Shun Kuang Ling, The Deputy Mayor of Ankang City, Shanxi Province visited Foreign Teachers in Gao Xin International Middle school
The 66TH & 67TH Orientation programs successfully completed, About 30 new teachers from USA , UK , AUS and CAN.
Buckland foreign teachers to participate Lantern Festival activities in Yangshuo .
The theme of activities is: thousands of lanterns and thousands of sweet dumplings.
BUCKLAND GROUP Text Book Practical Oral English (for Junior and Senior) is Published by Shaanxi Normal University Publishing House
Feb. 2014 Yangshuo
The 61st & 62nd orientation programs successfully completed.
The 59th & 60th orientation programs were held for 50 new Buckland teachers.
The 57th & 58th orientation programs will be held for over 60 new Buckland teachers.
Aug. 2012 Guangdong
"One Foreign Teacher to One Chinese School" Pairing program was launched in Gaoyao, Guangdong.
Buckland teachers attended the ceremony. Guangdong Gaoyao TV Station reports: Mr. Owen and other administrators of the Omeca International Exchange Association paid a visit to Gaoyao city for the implementation of the "One Foreign Teacher One School" Pairing Program
China Bilingual Education Research Association and Buckland Hold the 30th &
31th Bilingual Teacher Training
Asthemain advocate and pioneer of China's bilingual education experiment, Buckland
hosts bilingual teacher training workshops for over 100 Chinese teachers from Buckland's
franchised schools every summer.
The 18th anniversary celebration for Mr. Owen's English Education Movement in Yangshuo.
In 1993, Owen founded the very first English school in Yangshuo. In the past 18
years, Owen's English education movement focusing on practical English and business
English has deeply influenced Yangshuo's development on becoming China's biggest
English corner and international village. This year in May, the Buckland Group is
going to hold a party to celebrate Mr. Owen's and Buckland's accomplishments from
the past 18 years. The Buckland Group is sincerely inviting all government officers,
school administrators, previous Buckland students, and foreign teachers to join
March 11, 2011 Yangshuo
The Establishment of the Culture Exchange Program between Seattle Community College & Buckland Group
After half a year of correspondence and preparation, a cooperation
agreement between the Seattle Community College District and the Buckland Group
was reached by Buckland's CEO Mr. Owen and Dr. Andrea, the representative from Seattle
Community College. According to the agreement, Seattle Community College will send
about 15 American students semi-annually (starting in February 2012) to participate
in Buckland's Culture Exchange - Teaching Program, while the Buckland Group will
promote Seattle Community College among Bucklands franchised Chinese high schools.
February 15, 2011 Yangshuo
Buckland Omeca College holds a Chinese Chess training class for foreigners
The Buckland Omeca College is devoted to improving the cultural exchange between
Chinese people and foreigners. Through frequently organizing special classes such
as Chinese Chess, calligraphy, painting and cooking, the Buckland Omeca College
helps foreigners learn Mandarin and Chinese culture in a fun and rewarding way.
February 11 - March 1st, 2011 Yangshuo
46th - 48th Foreign Teacher Orientation Programs
Three new batches of about 43 new foreign teachers from the US A, Canada, UK, Australia,
and Poland spent over a week in Yangshuo for Buckland's Orientation Programs. After
training, they were sent to a total of 25 different schools in 8 provinces. 9 of
the trainees received their TESOL certification from Buckland Group.
January 2011 Guilin
International Family Exchange Program launching
In order to provide authentic language learning experiences to Chinese students
and foreign students, as well as to improve the culture exchange between Chinese
families and western families, the Buckland Group launched its International Family
Exchange Program in January. This program assists Chinese students who study abroad
to arrange a home stay with local western families, and places native, English-speaking
tutors among Chinese families in China.
October 29 - 30, 2010 Shenzhen
Mr. Owen attends China's 2010 conference on the International Exchange of Professions
This conference was held by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and
took place in the city of Shenzhen. The purpose of this conference is to further
the employment of the foreign experts in China and enhance the cooperation between
the institutes of China and other developed countries. As an important cultural
exchange institute in China, Buckland's CEO Owen was naturally invited to attend.
August 21 - September 17, 2010 Yangshuo
43rd - 45th Foreign Teacher Orientation Programs
Three groups of about 50 new foreign teachers from USA, Canada, UK, Australia
and South Africa arrived in China starting in Agu., thereafter receiving a one week
orientation course in Yangshuo with Buckland Group. These trainees received training
and orientation on Chinese culture, China's education system, Chinese students profile,
TESOL foundation, lesson planning and classroom management. After a two-day teaching
practice and one-on-one school placement consulting during the orientation, they
were then sent to different teaching sites in 5 provinces across China. 12 of the
trainees received their TESOL certification from Buckland Group.
July 12 - 22, 2010 Yangshuo
Bilingual Education Administration and Management Seminar
A group of 10 administrators from Chengdu Bilingual Experimental School came down to Yangshuo for this 10-day seminar on bilingual education administration and management. Owen, the CEO of Buckland Group, Mr. Ying, the Director of China's Bilingual Education Research Center, as well as Buckland's Foreign Expert Patrick gave speeches at this seminar. Chengdu Bilingual Experimental School's 15th Bilingual Education Research Proposal Opening Ceremony was also held during this seminar.
Two groups of total 32 Chinese teachers from Chengdu Bilingual
Experimental Schools attended China's Bilingual Education Research Institute's Bilingual
Teacher Training Programs held by Buckland Group. Among those Chinese teachers,
10 of them are English subject teachers, and the rest of them are specific subject
teachers such as math, music, PE, phsics, chemical and art.
This one-month training
program aims on improving Chinese teachers bilingual education professionalism
from three aspects: public English, specific subject English and Bilingual education
theory and practice. Six Bilingual education experts and foreign teacher trainers
from Buckland formed the trainer team.
Bilingual Education Experimental Program Launching Ceremony in
three Chinese middle schools.
On April 12, 15 and 28, three more Chinese schools held their ceremony
for joining Buckland's Bilingual Education Experimental Program and became Buckland's
franchised schools. These three schools are Yuqing Middle School in Guizhou province,
Chengdu Bilingual Experimental School in Sichuan province, and Yaoshan Middle School
in Shaanxi province.
As an agreement, Buckland will provide these schools with foreign experts on English teaching and teacher training, bilingual curriculum, foreign affair administration training and assistance on forging an English rich learning environment on campus.
February 22 - March 5, 2010
41st & 42nd Orientation Programs for Buckland New Foreign Teachers
About 20 new foreign teachers from USA, Canada, and UK arrived
in China starting on February 22, thereafter receiving a one-week orientation course
in Yangshuo with Buckland Group. They were then sent to different teaching sites
in 5 provinces across China, experiencing new life.
February 27 - 28, 2010
19th Foreign Affair Officer Training Program
On February 27 and 28, 2010 Principles, foreign affair officers
and Chinese English teachers from Buckland franchised schools of Hunan, Shaanxi,
Guizhou etc. participated in this three day training course which delivers lectures
and group discussions on five aspects, including foreign affair legislation, foreign
teacher supervising, solutions for conflicts, cross-culture understanding and communication,
teaching and extra-curriculum activity management. It helps them to understand foreign
December 1 - 3, 2009
Nanning, Guangxi province
Oral English Training Methods to Primary School Students Workshop in Nanning
Assistant Director Patrick will give a demo lesson and training method workshop to the top primary school English teachers from Guangxi province, through which the western teaching theories and CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) approach will be introduced to Chinese teachers.
January 20th, 2010
Buckland Yangshuo office
Publication of Buckland's First Set of Serial Textbooks for public school use
Led by Assistant Director Patrick, Buckland will have published 4 serial textbooks
for Senior 1 and Senior 2 grade levels by January 20th. These textbooks will, at
first, be primarily used in middle schools in the Shaanxi province. These textbooks
are designed to accompany the other English textbooks the students are already studying
with their Chinese English teachers. The textbooks will come with dialogue CD's,
worksheets, activities, and plenty of other material to aide our foreign teachers
in the classroom. These books will accompany the teachers to their schools and a
copy will be owned by each student.
December 1 - 3 Nanning
On December 1st through the 3rd, the Distinctive English Teaching Seminar of Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region's Primary Schools was held as scheduled in the capital,
Among those present were: Mr. Ding Junhua, the Deputy Secretary of Foreign Language
Education and Research Center of the State Basic Education; Mr. Xu Shisheng, the
executive director of Chinese Society of Education Foreign Language Professional
Committee (also the vice president of Guangxi Normal College); Mr. Owen, the CEO
of Buckland International Education Group; Mr. Patrick (USA), the key foreign teacher
from Buckland Group.
Mr. Patrick, a foreign teacher from the United States, gave an open oral English
lesson to the six-grade students and delivered an oral speech on developing the
western methods of teaching English in primary school. His unique teaching philosophy
and methods, superb drawing skills, and his witty and humorous teaching style won
the laughter and applause of all the teachers and students. It was also deeply inspiring
to the participating teachers. He was awarded a gold medal for his lesson given
during the teaching competition.
Holding such kinds of teaching, research, and exchange activities will surely be
beneficial to the primary and secondary English teachers in Guangxi.
November 10 - 11 2009 Beijing
International Course Seminar" held in Beijing.
The important participants include: Mr. Tao Xiping, the Vice-Chairman
of World Federation of UNESCO Association; Professor Dai Jiagan, the Director of
Ministry of Education Examination Center; Dr.Susan Sclafani, the former U.S. Vice
Minister of Education, the consultant of United States in Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation; Mr. Owen, the vice president of China Bilingual Education Research
Association (also the CEO of Buckland International Education Group).
The seminar proposed to further promote educational reform, establish Senior Secondary
Education, and train more innovative talents. It also proposed the "High School
International Program" aims to improve the students English (bilingual) levels,
academic capabilities cross-cultural communication, innovation and team spirit.
October, 2009 Guangxi Province
American TESOL China Program was launched to train Chinese graduates from Teacher
Colleges throughout China
As American TESOL institution¡¯s new affiliate, Buckland International Education
Group has launched the American TESOL China program in Guangxi Normal University
to train new Chinese graduates from Teacher Colleges. This initiative meets China¡¯s
recent English education reform. All students successfully completing this program
will be issued an internationally recognized TESOL Certificate and be offered a
job placement from Buckland Group.
September 19th - 28th , 2009
Buckland International Group's administration staff tour
several key schools in the province of Shaanxi
This past September Wang Ping (Director) and Patrick Thompson
(Assistant Director) toured 6 different Buckland franchised schools in the province
of Shaanxi. After first meeting several long-term Buckland veteran teachers in Xi'an,
they visited the following schools (in order of visitation):
1.Huaiya Middle School
2.Hanzhong Experimental Primary School
3.Hanzhong Longgang School
4.Ankang Hanbin Jiangbei Middle School
5.Ankang Peixin Primary School
6.Jingbian High School
The primary goals of the trip were to solve any issues between
the teachers and the schools, get better acquainted with each school and its staff,
learn more about each city, collect multimedia samples of each school for the benefit
of BucklandGroup.net (and prospective teachers), and collect vital data for use
in teacher placement and school recruitment.
September 14, 2009 Yangshuo
September 14, 2009, the China Bilingual Education Research Association performed
the "Primary and Secondary Teaching and Research Center" listing ceremony in Yangshuo
Owen College (belonging to Buckland International Education Group).
Qiao Yuquan, the Director of Basic Education of Ministry of Education; Liu Zhaoyi,
the editor of Bilingual Newspaper; Hou Yulin, the director of China Bilingual Education
Association; Ye Chenxin, the Deputy Director of Yahgshuo Bureau of Education, presented
As the CEO of Buckland Group, Mr. Owen expressed that they will never live up to
expectations, carry forward the pioneering spirit and fully assist the primary and
secondary teaching and research work of the China Bilingual Education Research Association,
try to build up Yangshuo into a bilingual tourist city in China!
August 17 - September 4, 2009 Yangshuo
38th - 40th Orientation Programs for Buckland New Foreign Teachers
About 45 new foreign teachers from USA, Canada, UK and Australia arrived in China
starting on August 12, thereafter receiving a one-week orientation course in Yangshuo
with Buckland Group. They were then sent to 35 teaching sites in 6 provinces across
July, 2009 Hongkong
2nd "Buckland Cup" English Speech Contest Summer Camp in
The 7 first place winners finalized at the 2nd "Buckland Cup" English Speech Contest
went to Hong Kong for a one-week summer camp held and fully sponsored by Buckland
International Education Group. These students are from 7 Buckland franchised schools
in Yongzhou city, Hunan province.
June 20, 2009
Second "Buckland Cup" Yongzhou High School English Speech Contest - a Successful Closure of Finals
23 first to third prize winners finalized from the semi-finals from 7 Buckland franchised schools in Yongzhou city competed in the finals taken place at Buckland Owen College in Yangshuo. As awards,
the first place winners from each school is flying to Hong Kong for the summer camp held by Buckland, and the 7 second place winners are attending Buckland's summer camp held at Yangshuo.
For accelerating the Bilingual Education Experiment in Human province,
Buckland International Education Group started and has been sponsoring this annual
English speech contest.
May 29, 2009
The 10th Anniversary of Buckland International Education Group
Buckland Groups 10th anniversary celebration ceremony was successfully held by its
main China office in Yangshuo. Administrators from the State Administration of Foreign
Experts Affairs, the Education Departments, and other Buckland affiliated organizations
attended this ceremony.
February 9-27, 2009 Yangshuo
35th - 37th Orientation Programs for Buckland New Foreign Teachers
3 orientation sessions getting 35 Buckland new teachers ready for 2009 spring semester were successfully ended on February 27. These new groups of teachers are from the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia. After a one-week orientation in Yangshuo,they were sent to 25 Buckland franchised schools in 4 provinces in China as oral English teachers to assist with their host schools English and Chinese bilingual
September 22-23, Hengyang
School Affiliating Ceremony
Owen and his main office staff will travel to Hengyang, Hunan to hold the ceremony
for No. 8 Hengyang Middle School to become the 63rd Buckland franchised school.
Two Buckland foreign teachers who just finished their Orientation Program in Yangshuo
will start teaching at this school.
August 22 - September 9 Yangshuo
32rd - 34th Orientation Programs for Buckland New Foreign Teachers
About 40 newly arrived foreign teachers from Australia, U.S., U.K. and Canada will
take part in this year's summer orientation sessions to learn about Chinese culture,
Chinese education system, and receive TEFL training specifically designed for teaching
Chinese students. Sightseeing in Yangshuo will also be arranged for these three
groups of new teachers during their orientation week.
August 22 - 24 2008
15th Foreign Affair Officer Training Program
Principles, foreign affair officers and Chinese English teachers from Buckland franchised
schools will participate in this three-day training course which delivers lectures
and group discussions on five aspects, including foreign affair legislation, foreign
teacher supervising, solutions for conflicts, cross-culture understanding and communication,
teaching and extra-curriculum activity management.
July 6, 2008
Yangshuo Friendship Club Founding & Earthquake Donation Ceremony
For bringing together people from different professions for resource
sharing and enhancing Yangshuo's internationalization, one leader from the Rotary
Club in Novato, California and Owen Buckland founded the Yangshuo Friendship Club.
This club is a transformation of Rotary Club in America which is the donator of
dollars to China's Wenchuan Earthquake Disaster in this ceremony.
Through cooperating with Buckland International Education Group, No. 1 Xinshao Middle
School became one of the bilingual education experimental schools in China on June
14, 2008. The program launching ceremony was held in the conference room of No.
1 Xinshao Middle School. Owen, the CEO of Buckland, Mr. Zhou, the local bureau administrator,
and primary administrators in No. 1 Xinshao Middle School participated in this ceremony.
As an agreement, Buckland will provide No. 1 Xinshao Middle School
with foreign experts on English teaching and teacher training, bilingual curriculum,
foreign affair administration training and assistance on forging an English rich
learning environment on campus.
May 14 - 15
Buckland-Yongzhou Middle School Oral English Competition
Buckland-Yongzhou Middle School Oral English Competition took place in the Multi-Media
Conference Hall of Yongzhou No. 8 Middle School. 38 senior high school students
from 11 schools in Yongzhou were competing through four sections, including Prepared
Speech, Spontaneous Speech, Picture Cued Story-telling, and Ask and Answer Questions
with Foreign Teachers.
This competition is fully sponsored by Buckland International Education
Group. As the rewards, the 10 first-place winners will be sponsored by Buckland
to travel to Hongkong for the "Buckland Summer Camp" and the 11 second-place winners
will head over to Yangshuo for a free "Buckland English Summer Camp"
Non-Profited Performance Program
Buckland foreign teachers took part in a none profited performance program for relieving
the People in the ice disaster in Hunan
28th & 29th Orientation Programs for Buckland New Foreign
Just after the Chinese Spring Festival, Buckland Yangshuo office had two new groups
of foreign teachers from America, Australian, England, Canada and Poland for its
28th and 29th Orientation Programs. These teachers will stay in Yangshuo for 5-10
days for a cultural orientation, TEFL training and sightseeing. During the orientation
program, new teachers are provided comprehensive information on Buckland Teaching
Programs, Chinese educational system and opportunities to bond with senior foreign
teachers. After choosing host schools, new teachers will be arranged to travel to
Buckland franchised schools and start teaching and exploring in China
Cooperation Agreement Formed between Buckland and Hunan
Provincial Education Association for International Exchange
After around two-month exchange visits, inspection and discussions, Hunan Provincial
Education Association for International Exchange and Buckland successfully signed
an agreement of collaboration on promoting the Bilingual Education in Human. With
the fully support of the Hunan Educational Ministry branch, Buckland will be able
to maximum its western resource and accelerate the internationalization of Hunan's
July 8 - 12, 2007
1st V.E.T. Training Program for Volunteers
V.E.T. (Volunteer English Teachers) and Buckland together held
a five-day cultural orientation and TEFL training program specially designed
for V.E.T. foreign volunteers who will teach Chinese students in China's low
New York, U.S.A.
Advanced Seminar on Education Management for Chinese Education
Leaders in Columbia, University
A group of primary educational administrators from Chinese middle schools and high
schools were in America for 16 days participating in this seminar held by the China
Educational Research Center in Columbia University.
This trip is organized by Buckland Group and the China Education Development Research
center for the purposes of improving Chinese leaders educational management ability
and broadening their international view. During this trip, Chinese fellows were
also taken on American school tours which allow them to observe and explore American