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[Xmca-l] Re: Request for advice

Dear Helena.
Your dilemma resonates with what we are experiencing in Tanzania. As a
post colonial country, we have been grappling with the issue of
language of instruction for a very long time. Our education system has
been jogging between Kiswahili and English and for a long time we had
settled on Kiswahili for all the subjects in elementary level (primary
1-7) and English for secondary  to university level.

Talk of silences in classrooms. Here and there you could hear a sound
of broken English from the teachers. The end product of such a process
does not need to be described here.

Of recent, the new policy has granted the use of both languages
(Kiswahili and English).

In your case, think of code-switching and code-mixing. Another
strategy is team teaching (check Stanford University).

Kind Regards,


On 03/01/2016, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:
> Helena,
> Is it possible to ignite their imaginations around the concept of a seminar?
> Or dare I say, peer-learning / study groups?
> Vera devised the peer-exam, which is really cool, how about that?
> I don't think peer-exam technically qualifies as an "Ivy-League method"
> (though it certainly is innovative), but it's peer-led learning, and that
> may be useful for overcoming the obstacles you and your teachers face?
> So those are my (naive) pieces of broccoli and spinach for your Vietnamese
> noodle soup.
> Kind regards,
> Annalisa

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