Michael Kaye, CEO & Founder of Costa Rica Expeditions & Nicaragua Expeditions sent me a note about his recent blog entry, he brings up interesting points about teaching English projects that we all have heard but never address.
– Can teachers be trained in a short time and be effective teachers?
– Must there be a set curriculum they follow to keep progress moving throughout a long string of volunteers?
– Will volunteers want to spend a week of their vacation teaching?
– How short is too short and useless for the child?
(OK, some of these are my questions not his but…)
Read his full blog post here – let’s get the discussion started! Below is a snippet.
“So that’s the background. Here’s the question: If there were a very fast and easy to learn teaching method that after 20-30 minutes of reading would allow new teachers to jump in and pick up where former teachers have left off share knowledge of English with a child and indicate the child’s proficiency level to the next teacher, do you think you find rewarding spending at least two hours on your next vacation to the non-English speaking world sharing your knowledge with a local child? Do you think other people would?”