Recently, I was offered an opportunity to travel to India to work with an organization that provides ESL classes to students in New Dehli. The classes do not cost the students; however, they need to make a committment of one hour fourty-five minutes per day six days per week. The blended approach has provided students with the abiility to interact with software, engage in quality of instruction, and dialogue with their peers. I visited in one of the centers just southeast of my location. The class was made up on twenty students coming directly from school. The teacher, a recent graduate from college who grew up in this colony (town) provided structure, student engagement, and fun for the students. I began to think about what I could offer in the way of assisting in improving the program.
I have spent most of my educational career attempting to get my arms around second language acquistion. I assume that is because I personally strucggled with second languages in school. As an addult, I have a better understanding of how I learn; therefore, I have been more successful in developing an aptitude for second languages.
I ask myself several questions regarding this new adventure:
How can I assist in this project? What are some possible program changes? Can we develop a mechansim for implementation?
I will be working today to work out the answers to these basic questions. I welcome any feedback as I continue to post on this topic.