Barranquilla is the city where I began my career in Colombia as an international educator in 2014. After relocating to Cartagena de Indias for two years, I returned to Barranquilla, where I currently help business professionals learn valuable skills and strategies to communicate with clients and customers as part of their positions within multinational corporations.
In 2014, I worked as a volunteer with WorldTeach Colombia 2014 at El Colegio Distrital Hogar Mariano in Barranquilla, teaching English to 4th and 5th grade classes. With an average of 38 students per class, I met each week with approximately 350 students whose core curriculum included greetings and expressions, verb tenses, vocabulary building, grammar and pronunciation. I was required to create lesson plans, develop quizzes and exams, and generate measurable results for assessment of student progression.
Native Spanish speaking students were enthusiastic about learning a foreign language and gaining the knowledge to clearly communicate in English. As an added bonus, I improved my Spanish with the help my students, the school staff and its director, Hermana Martha Velázquez López.
In addition to teaching 4th and 5th grade English, I also presented the workshop Bilingual Bloglingual: Using a Blog to Promote Bilingual Learning in the Primary Classroom as part of the 6th Annual Bilingual Week, October 27-31, 2014, sponsored by the Alcaldía de Barranquilla and the Secretaría de Educación.