English Language Fellow Eric Johnston is training teachers at the Sudan National Center for Languages (also known as SELTI). SELTI-Khartoum offers programs in four main areas: General English, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Translation, and English for Specific Purposes.
This training reaches far beyond the classrooms that Johnston is working in, however. He is also coordinating the training of trainers who will use materials he develops to train teachers across the country. His goal is to prepare trainers from every state in Sudan to deliver an in-service training program to secondary-school English teachers in their home states. The effects of his work will ripple throughout Sudan and benefit teachers and teacher trainers across the entire country.
From June 29 to July 10, Johnston workshopped the training modules that he developed. It was a huge success. “The fact that we will be able to share these materials with trainers from all across the country, who will then share them with dozens more teachers in their home states, means that the impact could potentially be quite significant,” Johnston said.