Madagascar is a blend of cultures–east African, southeast Asian, and French among them. It is the 4th largest island in the world, after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo. Antananarivo, the capital (often called Tana), has an altitude which varies from 4108 to 4827 feet and is a city of steps, paths, and slopes. This layout results in a lot of traffic. Fellows placed in Madagascar have loved working with local teachers, despite the challenges. The country ranks among the poorest nations in the world, lacks infrastructure, and struggles with corruption. However, there is sufficient internet access and several large grocery stories in the capital. Additionally, Madagascar has a wealth of tourist sites and is host to unique flora and fauna, much of which occurs nowhere else in the world.
Host Institution: Ecole Normale Superieure
Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) is fully committed to improving English teaching by providing intensive and substantial academic pre-service training to its students. Graduates from this institution often get assigned to teach at secondary schools around the country as first-entry level English teachers or as postgraduate teachers who are conducting research and/or advancing professional competencies. Since the curriculum for secondary education has recently been revised, teachers who will be implementing the new curriculum need targeted training on how to deliver its content. A Fellow at ENS is needed for this purpose.
- The Fellow will train pre-service teachers on implementing the new curriculum for secondary education at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS).
- The Fellow will provide seminars for teachers in various regions of Madagascar in order to ensure coherence in terms of the quality of English-language teaching in Madagascar.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Monitor and observe English Access Microscholarship Program classes in Madagascar, and offer quarterly trainings to Access teachers.
- Travel throughout the country, with Ministry of Education officials, to offer trainings to teachers outside of the capital.
- Conduct US culture sessions, English Clubs, or trainings for teachers at the American Corner in Antananarivo.
- Work with the English Department of the University of Antananarivo which has hosted several Fulbright scholars.
- Host English-language-related activities such as film showings and English Clubs at the Youth Civic Center.