In the month of January, English Language Fellow Connie Hahne, in coordination with The U.S. Embassy in Santiago and SBDC in Las Condes, piloted series of English-language conversation-club meetings focused on business.
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Regional education directors from all over Costa Rica came to the capital to participate in a five-day course focusing on phonemic awareness for first, second, and third graders. Chelsy Albertson, English Language Fellow, joined primary-school teacher Erick Ceciliano and the director of primary English education at the Ministry of Public Education, Ana Isabel Campos, to create an event that would be informative, engaging, and inspirational.
The National Conference for Teachers of English is a joint initiative of the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Office, the Ministry of Public Education, and the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano organization in Costa Rica. In 2018, the conference entered its thirty-third year, and English Language Fellow Trenton Hagar delivered a workshop to support.
Fellow Wendy Coulson recently completed a series of three workshops for teachers of very young learners at Centro Colombo Americano in Medellín. Her message? That lesson planning is not separate from classroom management and that when the two work together, a happier and more enjoyable classroom results.
Two English Language Fellows teamed up to connect virtual training spaces and real-world workshops. Fellows Lisa Wakefield and Rob O’Leary knew that English language specialists and teacher leaders in Peru were being invited to take a virtual course titled “Shaping My Teaching,” which was sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Education. To support this online course . . .
It’s surprising how many teachers do not do any type of pre-reading activities to ramp up student interest prior to cracking open a book.