Nicaraguan and British teachers discuss techniques and strategies for language teaching

NSCAG News | on: Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Liz Stevenson and Joe Whittington with a MINED education adviser from Taiwan

Liz Stevenson and Joe Whittington with a MINED education adviser from Taiwan

On Sunday, the delegation from the NUT taking part in the teacher exchange with Nicaragua split into groups in order to work with teachers in local schools in Managua, Esteli, Granada, Carazo and Chinandega. Before setting off, the teachers took part in workshops with a group of 60 Nicaraguan teachers of English as a second language.

Julio Cesar Canelo, Director of Secondary and Distance Education, explained that the initiative – supported by the Nicaraguan government via the Ministry of Education and by Nicaraguan teachers' union ANDEN - was the first of its kind and will allow Nicaraguan teachers to learn about strategies and techniques for improving the teaching of English as a second language at all levels. The focus during the workshops was on reading, listening, speaking and grammar, along with the use of technology as an important element of learning.

It is intended that the Nicaraguan teachers who attended the initial workshops will cascade the knowledge acquired to colleagues throughout the country.

The delegation has received excellent publicity in Nicaragua – see the following links (original texts in Spanish):-

Voz del Sandinismo

El 19 Digital

There has also been a TV report on Channel 13

The delegation is proving to be a huge success, earning praise both in the UK and Nicaragua for the work being accomplished on both sides.

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