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    Notes from the field: help me improve

    By - 14 de February de 2012, 4:43 pm

    In my previous blog, I shared some thoughts on the challenges of evaluating and measuring teaching methods innovations. More specifically, on the challenges of measuring the impact of an intensive instruction program using the Rassias teaching method on English as a second language teaching.

    The program is targeted at teachers with an intermediate to low level of English. In order to find these teachers, we randomly selected telesecundaria teachers which showed interest on participating and interviewed them.

    To our surprise, these initial phone interviews showed that only 12.7% (6 out of 47) of teachers interviewed were able to structure one basic sentence in English without errors.

    From an evaluation perspective two things came into my mind. First, we probably need an English program for teachers with a beginner’s level of English. Second, how would my partners in the government react to the news? Read more…