March 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
I’ve been sharing about an ongoing project my ELL Geography class has been doing — studying different countries, developing questions about them, and then recording videos of themselves asking those questions that we’d send to an English class in that country.
It’s been a great experience for everyone involved, and I’ve previously shared some of those videos:
Terrific New Videos: Using English “Sister Classes” From Throughout The World In Our ELL Geography Class (from Brazil)
Great Video Response From English Class In Italy To Our Questions
More Video Responses From Sister Classes — This Time From Latvia!
The Latest Videos From Our Sister Class Geography Project — This Time, From Spain!
The latest response is from our sister class in South Africa.
You can see our videotaped questions at our class blog here.
I’ve embedded the great response from our sister class in South Africa below. Here’s a description of that class and its teacher, Sven Glietenberg:
I’m a second-year teacher of Grade 10 English (First Additional Language) at Ntswane Secondary School in Hammanskraal near Pretoria, South Africa.
We’re a semi-rural government school – learners only pay $10 a year to attend. Most learners speak Setswana as a home language but every class contains home-language speakers of all 11 South African official languages.
The learners are very enthusiastic to learn and we make the most of things and try to be creative and active as much as possible, even though we lack some facilities (no electricity in classes/computers/proper sanitation etc.)
A lot of great things can and do happen despite the challenges, mostly all you need is enthusiastic teachers and learners, and a bit of creativity and patience.