“This workshop had two objectives,”
Using the West African language, Bambara, John Kongsvik taught the participants to count from 1-5 and using their knowledge of numbers to interact with other students in meaningful ways. "The idea was to give them a real experience with the challenges adult learners face and strategies to overcome them," said John Kongsvik from TESOL Trainers.
A reflective session followed the 'shock' language experience. When asked how they felt, the participants had varied comments. "I felt overwhelmed,"
Throughout the discussion, the program directors looked at the challenges adult learners face when learning English/literacy and the strategies for overcoming them. "An adult learner faces a lot of challenges to return to academia but there are a lot of strategies that we can use." said one participant as she summarized her experiences.
By the end of the workshop, all participants expressed their greatest learning from the experience and how that would affect their programs.
"It's just like Caleb Gattegno said," explained John Kongsvik. "Only awareness is educable."
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