From May 17–21, the YES Alumni English Teaching Workshop gathered 27 participants and five alumni mentors from 19 countries for an in-depth learning experience on best practices for teaching English.
A team of trainers and consultants from American Councils for International Education guided a talented team of YES alumni mentors through a Training of Trainers (ToT) to prepare them for a week of intensive instruction. The alumni mentors — Moiz Rehan, Jarin Tasnim Raisa, Emmanuel Godfrey, Penda Faye, and Yashodhan Shende — then led participants through five days of training, spirited discussion, and project design focused on English teaching.
This collaborative online workshop trained participants on how to create a structured lesson plan, adapt materials for multilevel classrooms and different age groups, and understand competencies in the four language skill sets: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content, trainers and mentors guided participants on how to excel as a teacher in the 21st-century classroom, as well as develop projects they can implement in their home communities to teach others these valuable skills.
According to a post-workshop survey, 90.1% of participants rated the workshop sessions as “extremely useful” and 100% reported that they plan to share the skills and knowledge developed during the workshop with friends, colleagues, and others in their country.
One participant summarized the impact of the workshop by saying, “The greatest lesson I will take away from this is I can make a change in the world, starting from my very own community. Improving my English teaching skills and my community’s English may start small and slow, but it can get only bigger and better.”
Following the workshop, participants are required to implement a project sharing the lessons of English teaching in their communities. Each participant is eligible to apply for up to $250 in grant funding to implement these projects.
Moiz Rehan (YES 2012-2013, Pakistan, placed with AFS in Chicago, IL)
Jarin Tasnim Raisa (YES 2015-2016, Bangladesh, placed with World Learning in Tulsa, OK)
Emmanuel Godfrey (YES 2015-2016, Liberia, placed with AFS in Cumberland, ME)
Penda Faye (YES 2017-2018, Senegal, placed with YFU USA in Jeffersonville, IN)
Yashodhan Shende (YES 2012-2013, India, placed with FLAG in Muncie, IN)