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[Xmca-l] Re: Request for advice



Thank you, Elinami.

H

Helena Worthen
helenaworthen@gmail.com
Vietnam blog: helenaworthen.wordpress.com

On Jan 3, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Elinami Swai wrote:

> 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,
> 
> Elinami
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 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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