One of our most challenging parts of our English language program is our three-week intensive writing workshops. For our Basic and Pre-Intermediate students, it is the first time for most of them to write a paragraph in English, but this instruction prepares them for the most difficult tasks in the Intermediate and Advanced courses, which include cover letter and resume writing. We made some great achievements in our writing program this year. Nicole was able to finish up ALL of the teacher-training lessons for all of BEA's language courses and prepare a teacher's manual and student workbook for each course. Another milestone was implementing our Cambodian-led writing workshop teacher-training sessions. Shally, BEA's head teacher, took over all writing workshop training this year for Sarith, our newest teacher who was teaching the writing workshop for the first time. Finally, Sarith, with only two-years of teaching experience, was able to run and teach her own writing lessons for both of her Basic and Pre-Intermediate courses after her training sessions with Shally. Since writing is the toughest skill to teach, especially to beginner learners, it is often challenging for even experience writing teachers. However, Sarith was able to guide her students through the writing process with ease to have them produce some very polished pieces of writing!
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.