Recently the digital version of the State Department’s English Teaching Magazine, Forum, came out featuring an article I wrote titled, “My Classroom: Ethiopia”. While I have shared the article itself before here, today I am happy to show an accompanying video I made which highlights some of the examples mentioned in the article.
The star of the clip is Mr. Dawit Negeri whom I featured in my observations, and who works at Ambo University. Mr. Negeri is a model teacher who infuses practical teaching methods into his practice, believing that the Affective Filter in his English classrooms should promote cooperative learning as opposed to teacher-based lecturing. Working with both University as well as High School students in the marginalized rural setting of Ambo, Ethiopia, Mr. Negeri leads a variety of different classes of different skill sets through interactive and engaging activities which promote authentic learning, not simply rote memorization.
Recently I had the opportunity to revisit Ambo University (where I taught last year), meeting with Dawit to share with him the completed version of the magazine that has his article inside. Needless to say, he was thrilled to see his story in print – shared on an international scale – a first for not only him but for Ambo University as a whole. Not taking the occasion for granted, I conducted some interviews with both Dawit and his students, as well as filmed a short lesson he led within his classroom. My goal was to share through a visual medium what was transcribed in the article, putting faces and voices to names and ideas.
I hope that you are able to not only enjoy the video but the article as well; both of which were linked above (and below). I will be visiting Ambo University again in February, continuing to follow up with Mr. Negeri to see the progress made from both his end as well as his students’. To be able to work in conjunction with motivated teachers such as Dawit is a pleasure and I look forward to hopefully meeting a few more who match his caliber this current academic year as I transition from Ambo to Dire Dawa University. Until then though, please feel free to comment on either platform as it pertains to the words or the video…