The Journey Begins
Spring 2014 marks the beginning of TYO's ninth International Internship Program. After a week of rigorous orientation training, four dynamic and dedicated international interns embarked on an ambitious English language learning pilot session, supported by talented local Youth Service Volunteers.
TYO responded to local feedback that the students would greatly benefit from classes that teach English while keeping with the TYO model that nurtures children's psychosocial well-being. As interns, we see this as an opportunity to tap in to students' creative energies through innovative, play-based approaches to learning English.
After the warmest of welcomes to their first classes, children completed short verbal and written pre-assessment activities. This informs the lesson planning process, and determines existing language capabilities and will then be used for comparative analysis when the same assessment is repeated at the close of the session.
Students in Grades 4 to 9 generally exhibited a broad spectrum of ability, ranging from confident and articulate verbal expression to minimal comprehension and speaking skills. The overall level of aptitude does not appear to vary significantly between age groups, posing challenges to the development of stimulating activities serving diverse ages but focusing on the same core material.
So the journey begins! We are looking forward to conducting comparative analysis with the summative assessment and seeing the tangible difference that TYO makes on the lives of children in Nablus.
This program - as part of Student Training and Employment Program (STEP!) - is sponsored in part by the Abdul Hamid Shoman Foundation.
- Celia and Laura