In addition to learning how to teach speaking lessons, the BEA trainees also learned how to teach listening. This is particularly challenging in most Cambodian settings since teachers usually don't have access to audio equipment. Most schools are lucky to have a whiteboard and a few markers. Before the trainees learned how to adapt listening to different types of learning environments, they had to illustrate the "shape" of a listening lesson and then explain the reasoning for this lesson shape. As you can see, one trainee drew a diagram of Angkor Wat to represent listening lesson structure!
As part of BEA's teacher training program, there was plenty of time spent on how to plan a variety of different lessons, such as speaking, listening, vocabulary and review lessons. In these sessions, the trainees learned that each part of a lesson has a purpose with different types of interactions between teachers and students. After our lesson planning sessions, the trainees were shocked to learn the amount of time and effort that goes into planning a good lesson. They had thought that our school's teachers just walked into their classrooms and taught from off the top of their head!
The BEA teacher trainees are definitely relieved to be finished with their one-month intensive training program. Now, we’re just waiting for the Ministry of Education to issue BEA’s government-accredited teacher training certificates.
To ease the trainees into teaching their very own group of students, they got plenty of group practice putting theoretical concepts into actual practice. Their demonstration lessons included teaching vocabulary, using grammar time lines, incorporating games, as well as addressing different learning styles in their lessons. Despite a bit of nervousness during these mini-lessons, the trainees pulled-off their sessions with creativity and resourcefulness!
We would all like to wish Teacher Sarith a very happy birthday! With her busy high school schedule Teacher Sarith still manages to put her best foot forward every day in her classes to help her students build their language skills and confidence. Here's a trip down memory lane at BEA during the 2013-14 school year! We appreciate everything you do for us, and are so proud of everything you've accomplished this year. Happy Birthday Teacher Sarith!
Nicole is BEA's director.