Amy Tournoux (Loyola University Chicago)
I am working with the fifth grade students at Thembani Primary School in Langa. Although most of their classes are being taught in English, there is still a very big language bearer that can be a challenge when teaching. In addition to interacting with the students, I help the teachers mark homework and tests, come up with worksheets for English and Math, and input marks into the computer grading system. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the South African education system.
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For the spring of 2009, my service learning site has been at Langa High School. Langa is one of the townships located right outside of Capetown. Langa High School consists of about 1000 students from grades 9-12.
At the school I work as a student teacher teaching both Life Orientation and English classes to 9-11th graders. My days differ from teaching a full day of lessons, to observing classes taught both in Xhosa and English. In the Life Orientation classes we cover everything from HIV/AIDS to goal setting. I try my best to develop an open atmosphere with my students where they feel open to ask questions and state their own opinions. My teacher doesn’t always give me a lot of time to prepare for my lessons, so I’m learning how to think quickly on my feet. The main point to my job I feel is to help in anyway I can. So, whether the teacher needs help grading papers or teaching a computer lesson I always try to make their tough job easier.
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