We're back on the BEA blog after a short break since March. I had to return back to Japan unexpectedly in mid-March after the level 9 earthquake to make sure my husband was alright in Tokyo, and to prepare for a possible evacuation due to the Fukushima nuclear accident. Fortunately, the situation is slowly getting better.
For the past few months, both Shally and I have been quite busy with finishing up the last part of our second semester. I've been helping with lesson planning, test preparation and curriculum revisions from Japan. Shally has been even busier with implementing our program, evaluating the students and managing BEA!
I was back at the school on Monday, and students were starting their final Task-based Project. Over the year, they've had to complete six of these projects. They consist of designing a poster around a particular theme, and then organizing a 10 minute presentation with their group. I was so impressed with the progress all of the students have made over the year, especially the students in the basic courses. Students who started with very basic speaking abilities can now give presentations and speak about themselves and about Cambodia quite fluently. Shally has indeed done an amazing job at teaching and supporting the students throughout the year.
NGO Administration Program
Also, we are running a two-week NGO Administration Training Program and a Cultural Awareness Volunteer Program with one of my students from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Rie approached me last year in our Communication course, and ask to learn about NGO Administration. She's now taking part in a pilot program consisting of different aspects of NGO work, such as project design, data base construction, office management, accounting, purchasing, among many other NGO-related tasks. We hope to offer this program on a permanent basis from next year to others who might be interested in learning about NGO management. Rie has also help test our Cultural Awareness Volunteer Program, and I'm meeting with her later on today to discuss how me can make it a permanent part of BEA's curriculum. The purpose of these programs is ultimately to establish a permanent source of funding so that we'll be sustainable in the long-term.
In addition to training Rie on office management today, I'll be designing the very last writing and speaking tests for the second semester. During the year, students have been evaluated on a monthly basis on both their writing and speaking skills. In total, they've had six of these test throughout the year. Shally will have to run the tests this Thursday and Friday, which means he'll have quite a bit of marking to do this weekend.
You can view photos from this week's task-based projects in our photo gallery on the home page menu.
Happy to be back!
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.