Caroline is an EAL teacher at Bali Island School. She completed the TESMC Tutor Training last year.
Yes, very. Not only did it enable our teachers and I to receive up-to-date training on accommodating for EAL learners in our school, it also gave us a platform for collaboration which is something we are sometimes not able to always do in a busy school environment.
In what ways did it impact your own teaching? Did it impact your school?
Many of the teachers have incorporated the strategies learnt on the course into their teaching and learning cycle and daily teaching practice. It has enabled me to become more confident as it is not always easy to deliver PD to our peers.
When you ran the participant course, did you and the participants find it to be engaging?
Yes, many of the activities are fun and relevant. As long at the participants are willing to have a bit of fun then they will find it engaging and worthwhile.
Did teachers use their understandings from the course in their teaching?
Yes, it was inspiring to see primary school teachers using the strategies that very next day in class as they were planning and carrying out activities from the course. We had screenshots of their board work, between module activities & resources they had developed and tried and tested in the classroom.
Would you recommend the tutor training and/or the participant course to other teachers?
Yes, the course is relevant for any teacher working with students whose native tongue is not English. It helps teachers take a step back and consider how to fully engage our ELLs and how they, as teachers, are able to encourage more talk time, reading comprehension and teach writing.