In January 2014, I completed several hours of Practicum as part of the WorldTeach Colombia orientation, which allowed volunteers the opportunity to demonstrate their teaching skills and to receive feedback from support staff and peers.
For my Practicum, I worked with a team at Colegio Colsubsudio Chicalá in Bogotá, teaching students ages 8 to 10 years English vocabulary, reading, and writing with a focus on grammar and pronunciation.
The required learning objectives were names of family members and the use of the word “can” as an informal ability request.
For my portion of the lesson, I used the book Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest by Deborah Nourse Lattimore, first having students actively listen to the story about a family, and then working as a group to create a class “family” using names from the book. We also wrote a short story about a typical day for the family, and students took turns reading the story aloud.
The lesson was deemed a success by WorldTeach observers, and was a positive first experience as a teacher in a Colombian classroom.