Live Documentation: Spring 2017 Teaching English in Laos From the point of view of team IV
Ten students from the University of Education in Karlsruhe report live about the project Teaching English in Laos.
Our journey From Germany to Laos
Our journey from Frankfurt to Vientiane/ Sikeud via Bangkok took around 16 hours. When we finally arrived we all were very tired but we were greeted very warmly by Gerlinde Engel and had a great dinner with two of the Lao teachers.
Our first impressions
During our first days in Laos thousands of impressions rained down on us...
We knew that the culture and the country would be completely different to what we are used to. However, what we experienced during the first week exceeded our expectations!
Sunset at Mekong river bank
This wonderful picture was taken by Stephanie, one of our LGTC teachers, while going for a walk in Vientiane in the evening on one of their first days in Laos.
Fresh fruit can be bought anywhere at small stalls sold by constantly smiling Lao women. The taste is incredible!
Can you spot the odd one out? :)
As a welcome the karate team of Phang Heng Secondary School perfomed for us. Their fitness and precision was very impressing especially when you consider the hot weather.
On our way to the night market we saw a farmer leading his flock of cows home across the dusty street.
That's the daily life in Sikeud.
On our first day at school the traditional Lao ceremony Baci (ບາສີ) was held to welcome us. During the ceremony strings are tied around your wrists to chase evil spirits out and let positive energy in. We got very emotional when so many people wished us good luck for our stay in Laos.
Twice a week students from
Ban Phang Heng Secondary School have the opportunity to join the "Science Lab", an extra curricular activity offered by Rebecca and Veronika during Activity Time. Here you can see one of the many experiments that the students can conduct.
Behind the scenes Are you curious who the authors of this Pageflow are?
We are Veronika & Rebecca and are responsible for the collection, editing, and publication of the media for this Pageflow. We want to take you on an interactive multimedia journey to Laos by sharing our experiences with you.
10/03/2017 Opening ceremony of gym
On Friday, 10th April 2017 was the official opening ceremony of the gym of Ban Phang Heng Primary School. The inauguration was accompanied by the blessing of the local monks, who were given donations. A baci ceremony was held and the schools' students danced and performed a fashion and karate show.
Let the following impressions work their magic!
Students with donations
Lao dance performance
Surprisingly they did it!
And we drank fresh coconut water from our own coconuts for the first time.
A Saturday in Vientiane
One Saturday we went to Vientiane and met the girls from the LGTC. As they live in Vientiane and they already know their way around the town, they gave us a walking tour. We climbed the famous Patuxai, visited the morning market, and sat at the Mekong river bank. In the photo, you can see almost our whole team, only Laura is missing.
More than a teacher...
Teaching is not the only thing a Lao teacher does. Sometimes they slip into a completely different role and cut their pupils' hair as the boys in Lao schools have to have short hair.
Her own computer...
This Lao teacher was so happy when she got donated her own laptop!
Now she is learning how to use it for her work as a teacher.
We cannot imagine how much this means to her because for us it is usual to have our own laptop.
Workshop How to prepare material for science classes
This week we did a workshop for the science teachers at Ban Phang Heng Secondary School. The five teachers were very excited to work in the schools's didactics room and create their own teaching material.
Producing flashcards using a laminator and a paper cutter
In the workshop we also let the teachers prepare an experiment and we were really proud to see that one of the Lao teachers went to the lab with his students two days later and let the students conduct the experiment.
Exploring Laos Vang Vieng
We spent one weekend in Vang Vieng
with our whole team. Vang Vieng is a
popular destination for tourists and
also people from Laos because of its
beautiful and diverse landscape.
One of the places one should have
visited in Vang Vieng is this blue
Every week Venetia teaches the pre-school kids English at the Ban Sikeud primary school.
She also teaches English to two groups of non-English teachers at the Ban Phang Heng secondary school every day. During activity time she does English games and songs with the children.
Alyssa and Jessica didn’t want to climb up the tree. But they also didn’t have the right tools. That’s why they just took a very long stick and taped a knife to its tip.
Teaching the pre-school kids at Ban Phang Heng Primary School is one of Jessica's tasks. With the Mopsy programme the children learn their first English words and structures in a playful and highly activating way.
Moreover, she works closely together with Bounpheng, who teaches English at this primary school. In the afternoon she offers English activities for the students.
Besides preparing and holding lessons together with her tandem teachers Mit and Noy, Alyssa teaches English to them and two more adult students at Ban Sikeud primary school. During activity time she sings and plays with the primary students using the English language in a playful context.
Teaching English at Ban Phang Heng secondary school to four science teachers, who have just started to learn English, is one of Veronika's tasks. In cooperation with the teachers she also develops their teaching and helps them to enrich their teaching methods. On Wednesdays and Thursdays she offers activities in the school's science lab with Rebecca.
Together with the English teachers Bounleud and Souvhan, who teach English at the Ban Phang Heng secondary school, Tanja prepares material for their English lessons. She does not only teach English to both of them but also helps them to develop their teaching. Together with Laura she offers various activities like an ABC club for the students every week.
One area of Stephanie's work at the Lao German Technical College is to accompany Viengkhom's lessons and to give recommendations how to improve the teaching methods. Moreover, she teaches English to two beginner classes. Together with Amelie and Christiane in the afternoon she organizes an English conversation club and other activities for the students.
Teaching a technical English class is one of Christiane's tasks at the Lao German Technical College. With the teachers Saythong and Ba she evaluates their lessons to help them to optimize their teaching. In the afternoon she offers activities and an English conversation club.
Souk and Donekeo are the two English teachers at Ban Phang Heng secondary school Laura works with. Laura helps them to enhance their English skills and their teaching methods. Together with Tanja she also offers different activities for the students like an English conversation club .
At the Lao German Technical College Amelie is responsible for Muk. She watches her lessons and helps her to improve them. She also teaches two English classes, one at beginners and one at elementary level. Conducting activities and an English conversation club in the afternoon is part of her daily work.
Chanmany and Sackbong are the science teachers Rebecca works with at Ban Phang Heng secondary school. She sits in on their lessons and helps them to implement experiments in their lessons. With Sackbong she learns English four days a week. Together with Veronika she also offers activities in the school's science lab for the students.