English Teachers Share Notes with Visiting English Language Fellow
120 English teachers from secondary schools and colleges in the country had a chance to interact and share notes with Kevin McCaughey on teaching English as a Second Language. McCaughey, a senior English Language Fellow (ELF) based in Cape Town was in Malawi from June 17 to 24 and explored with the teachers the best approaches and skills in teaching English speech and writing.
He held half day workshops at Polytechnic and Chancellor College American Corners, the Catholic University and at Public Affairs Auditorium in Lilongwe with selected English teachers and lecturers with a focus on; “managing large classes with minimal locally made resources.” He also held several meetings with administrators of Colleges and secondary schools.
Teachers and lecturers were quick to observe and concur with the visiting fellow that English Language can easily be mastered with practice in speech and a lot of writing. They called for concerted efforts amongst teachers to enhance language teaching by adopting some of the methods outlined by the visiting Fellow. McCaughey also advised on ways of making teaching and learning resources using low cost and locally available items like newspaper adverts, soft beans and egg trays.
Sponsored by the State Department, the ELF Program promotes English language learning and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. It places talented, highly qualified U.S. educators with Master’s degrees with a focus in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language or Applied Linguistics in all regions of the world.