In January 2014, I was required to complete several hours of Practicum as part of the WorldTeach Colombia orientation. In this Practicum, volunteers have the opportunity to demonstrate their teaching skills, acquired from experience as well as from presentations and lectures during orientation, and also receive feedback from their support staff and peers.
For my three-part Practicum, I worked at Colegio Colsubsudio Chicalá, a beautiful school in Bogotá, teaching primary-level students (average ages 8 to 10 years). Lesson plan requirements included vocabulary, reading and writing presentation, with a focus on grammar and pronunciation, and topics including family and use of the word “can” as an informal ability request. The students were enthusiastic, active and curious about learning English with a new teacher.
For one of my lessons on family, I used the book Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest by Deborah Nourse Lattimore, encouraging students to listen actively by participating as members of the family in the story, as well as create our own “class family” using names from the book. The lesson was viewed as a success, and it was a wonderful first experience in the Colombian classroom.