Foundation for Applied Linguistics

During 1-7 March 2020, we were invited to facilitate a Teacher training workshop…

During 1-7 March 2020, we were invited to facilitate a Teacher training workshop…

During 1-7 March 2020, we were invited to facilitate a Teacher training workshop plus Training of the Trainers (TOT) for teachers and the faculty staff of Luang Nam Tha and Dong Kham Sang teacher training colleges on “Teaching training workshop in support of teaching Lao for Lao Ethnic students”. This time the training only concentrates on teaching oral Lao to ethnic children. We were arranged to visit two schools. One is in the Lahu community and the other in the mixed ethnic community. Students in the Lahu community hardly understand Lao and are very shy. We assessed students’ competence in oral Lao and found that they hardly understand or speak Lao from G1-5. However, after using a few lessons that have been prepared, students understand and respond better and with more confidence. During the teaching practice in class, the trained staff of those two teacher training college from our TOT also demonstrated teaching to the teachers when they could not do it according to methods trained during the workshop. We only spent time there for a couple of hours, and we believe that with close supervision and coaching from the staff of the teaching college there and with other NGO partners support, these students will definitely improve their understanding of Lao language and Lao literacy eventually.