The event was a real hit. “I really loved the experience. I learned a lot and hope to continue to have these types of trainings,” said Maritza Cedeño, a participating regional leader. Still, the great experience enjoyed by these educators was not the final goal of the project. Albertson has constructed these events to make sure knowledge and techniques will spread throughout all of Costa Rica. The regional directors’ understanding of phonemic awareness will allow them to take that information back to their regions and create their own workshops for local classroom teachers. “I really enjoyed the workshop. It’s going to be very helpful for teachers in my region.” said director Ezequiel Rojas, a participant. Another participating regional leader, Ronald Vargas Chavarria, felt the same. “It was really important to me because now I feel more confident explaining [phonemic awareness] to my teachers,” he said.
Mina Gavell was an English Language Fellow in Uzbekistan from 2018-2020. Her project consisted of teaching lesson planning and assessment to fourth-year pre-service teachers and reading and writing to undergraduates.