English Language remains for now the medium of instruction and examination for all secondary and further education. For most students in the communities were we work English is their 3rd Language after their mother tongue and Swahili. For those entering further education their English is only as good as that of their primary school teachers. In many rural primary schools the teachers lack confidence and knowledge and have poor pronunciation which stunts the potential of their students.
Not all of us are linguists, many of us prefer science or maths, yet our education in these areas may be over if we cannot master the English language well enough to answer the maths questions in English.
The Livingstone Tanzania Trust has, in conjunction with the Babati Education Department and UK and Tz teachers developed a course that builds the confidence and knowledge of teachers in a way that relates to their everyday lives. The course introduces different teaching techniques that the teachers can then apply in their classrooms to make the learning of English more engaging and less rote. The pilot programme has been run at the Hangoni Primary school and thanks to their excellent feedback, small alterations are being made and additional support materials being made available to the teachers to assist them, such as 'Scrabble', 'Articulate', CD based pronunciation course called 'Ship or Sheep', photo dictionaries and other games for language learning.
At Hangoni Mr John has been training the teachers and in Sinai that is being done by Leah