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!
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.