Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last week we had our usual lesson with a 4th form class in Durazno, right in the center of Uruguay. The teacher was absent that day and a substitute teacher was with the students. This might have been why the children adventured to show their curiosity and were more inquisitive than in previous lessons. Out of the blue they started asking how old I was, where I lived and other questions of that sort. It was very funny and heartwarming to see how they wanted to know more about that person they get to see just once a week and through a TV screen. I thought they might have been willing to ask for several weeks before that!

That group is very dear to me as they are really enthusiastic (and they were the very first group I ever taught remotely). They are always asking me to play the songs, new and old, over and over (which of course we cannot always do). Their class teacher sent me an email the other day saying how happy she was to see children who are usually on the slower side but who are very motivated and really stand out in English! That’s what I call an incentive.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello world! We at British Council Uruguay have just launched this Remote Teachers’ Journal to coincide with the official launch of our Remote Teaching Centre.
What is it that we do exactly? We deliver English language teaching via videoconferencing to primary school children in Uruguayan state schools nationwide, in partnership with Plan Ceibal.
I’m going to leave the rest of the story to our teachers, who have many inspiring experiences to share with you!