Criss-crossing Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital of Abidjan, English Language Fellow Riah Werner delivered a series of workshops at five different local schools. Werner illuminated student-centered vocabulary teaching for teachers in the CI ELT Exchange, a continuing professional-development project that Werner founded to provide training to in-service teachers from eleven secondary and post-secondary technical schools around the city. Presenting the workshops in typical local classrooms, modeling interactive pedagogy, and presenting activities that require nothing more than paper, tape, markers and a blackboard, Werner encouraged the teachers to think about vocabulary acquisition from their students’ perspectives. 
  
Werner had had numerous meetings with the teachers she works with, and they had expressed a desire to learn how to conduct more interactive lessons—instead of relying on traditional teacher-centered pedagogy. The standard Ivorian lesson plan always starts with ten to fifteen minutes of vocabulary practice, so Werner decided to begin these professional-development workshops by focusing on vocabulary teaching. She ensured teachers would really be ready to bring their new skills into their classrooms by traveling to the teachers and delivering the workshops in their own schools with only locally available materials. 

Related Stories

Dani Francuz Rose’s Life as an English Language Fellow in China

English Language Fellow Dani Francuz Rose teaches junior-level university courses to English majors at Anhui University in Hefei, China. Discover Dani’s story of building intercultural connections and professional learning communities and learn how she is making a sustainable impact on increasing English language proficiency across the Anhui Province.

Margot Harris’ Life as an English Language Fellow in Algeria

Overlooking the Mediterranean coast, amid steep winding streets, whitewashed buildings, and citadel ruins, English Language Fellow Margot Harris teaches pre-service teachers, emergency responders, and Algerian youth in the capital city of Algiers. Read more to discover how Margot has built cultural connections and learning opportunities inside and beyond the classroom.

Follow Us on Twitter

@ELPrograms

#FellowFriday shout out to Farrah Littlepage who brought teachers together in #Vientiane, #Laos. Farrah shared inte… https://t.co/UCe5sy8W24

2 days ago