Supporting Children to Learn English- An International Volunteer’s Experience

English volunteer Anna Waters has been working with ECCA over the past four months. As part of ECCA’s ‘Support A Child’ campaign, she has been giving English language classes to students from Shree Minnath Aadarsha Lower Secondary School, a government-funded school in Lalitpur. She has also been involved in creating a fundraising project through GlobalGiving to provide computers for the students at this school.

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English volunteer Anna Waters

“I have really enjoyed giving English classes here,” she says. “As a qualified teacher, I am used to teaching English as a second language to students of all ages and abilities, but it’s been a very different experience from giving lessons in Europe. Here in Nepal, the students are really interested and motivated to learn English, and they are keen to make the most of the classes.

Hard-working Grade 7 students have been taking English classes with Anna twice a week

Hard-working Grade 7 students have been taking English classes with Anna twice a week

The lessons I give focus on interaction, so that students can practise speaking, which is one of the most important things about learning a language. We also play educational games to help them memorise the new vocabulary and to have some fun in the classroom!

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Classes encourage students to interact together. Grade 7 students Dipendra and Anita are carrying out a class survey

For me, teaching is very rewarding as I can see the students making progress each week. I enjoy the challenge of thinking of creative ways of making the lessons fun and educational, and it always makes me happy to see the students enjoying their classes. They have made a lot of progress in a short space of time. I hope that they will remember what they have learnt and will continue to study English in the future!”

Students working together to practise speaking in English

Students working together to practise speaking in English

Anna has also been involved in creating a fundraising campaign to provide computers for the students at this school. She hopes that this will help the students to learn the I.T. skills which they need in future. “At the school, the students are really struggling to learn computer skills due to the lack of computers available”, she explains. “It would be wonderful if we can raise the necessary funds to support their education”.

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Grade 8 students Muna and Manoj have also been studying English with Anna. Here they are learning how to use computer programs.

To support Anna’s campaign to provide computers for this school, please visit our GlobalGiving page.

 

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