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 curriculum included greetings and expressions, verb tenses, vocabulary building, grammar, and pronunciation. I created lesson plans, developed quizzes, and exams, and generated 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.
After living and working in Cartagena de Indias for two years, I returned to Barranquilla in 2017 to work with Bogotá Business English as an independent teacher helping business professionals learn valuable skills and strategies to communicate with clients and customers as part of their positions within multinational corporations.