The ramblings of a Peace Corps trainee in Madagascar....
Sunday, September 25, 2011
On teaching English:
English is a weird language.There are so many grammar rules that just don’t make sense. We also use tons of slang, which I have started teaching some of the guides along with the proper phrases so that I can then use slang words in everyday conversation and be understood. It's comforting. Teaching it has been much more difficult than anticipated, and I’ve started teaching A LOT.I’m already feeling a little burnt out on it, especially since I now spend most of my time preparing/teaching, and have little time or energy left to develop other projects.However, once the kids go back to school and farming season begins, I will most likely teach once a week, as opposed to the 4/5days a week I teach now.I plan on teaching in the school in my village, and possibly doing one session focused on English, and the other on environmental education.We shall see.I will then continue to teach the guides when they have time, and aren’t busy in the park, or in the rice fields.