The weather has cooled down a bit today, and there were even morning showers. Such a relief! At the beginning of the week, the temperature reached 99F (37C), which is much hotter than usual for this time of year. Because of the increasing temperatures, we've been seriously considering an air conditioner for our classroom. Once our second semester starts, it'll be even hotter than it is now. I can't imagine what it'll be like in April and May this year, which are the hottest months in Cambodia.
Anyways, BEA is closed for the next three weeks so that Shally and I have time to prepare for the second semester. This week has been quite busy because we've been finishing our presentations for the CamTESOL conference This is a conference for English language teachers and researchers, which is held annually in Phnom Penh. Both Shally and I will be presenting at the conference this year.
Shally will be talking about our speaking program and how we've localized the program to reflect the needs of Cambodian learners. I'll be discussing our writing program and how to develop lesson plans with limited resources. Our purpose is to share our experiences in the Cambodian classroom with other teachers and to provide them with ready-to-use materials for their own classes.
Both Shally and I have almost finished our powerpoint slide presentations, and now we're working on our handouts (e.g. sample lesson plans and materials). All of these materials and our slide presentations will be uploaded to our website under the "Research and Resources" section before the conference. This is part of our "teacher empowerment" goal: to provide Cambodian teachers with training and materials for their own professional development. If you're interested in what type of lessons and materials we use at BEA, please check our the professional development section.
Onwards to CamTESOL,
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an NGO school that provides underprivileged youth with quality English language education in a safe, clean environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.