Professor Mahmood Mamdani`s key note address kicked off day two of the 11th PALFA conference.
I attended the session titled, `Literacy Curricula for Equitable Student Achievement’ which was facilitated by Lindsey Allene Hall, Education specialist with Save the Children, Uganda. The topic here was the 3M Challenge (Multi-age, mixed ability, multilingual)
Lindsey asked delegates to mingle and find someone who speaks their mother tongue. Everyone did this with much enthusiasm and many were soon paired up. They were tasked with discussing what their experiences were when they first learned English as a second language.
Two of the pairs shared saying that it was difficult. There was fear, they were punished in school for speaking their mother tongue or vernacular. Many delegates harbored the same feelings.
Lindsey went on to share a case study of children in the refugee context and society in Uganda. It’s important to know that the ultimate goal for primary education is English competence.
She shared on three English language acquisition strategies ;engaged learner background knowledge and interests, use of visuals and graphic organizer, and use of movements and gestures.
Under the use of visuals and graphic organizer is the KWL (Know, Want, Learn) chart which helps people understand better. In a class setting you find out what students know about a subject, what they want to know and what they want to learn on that subject.
There are many types of learners in a learning environment. Different learners learn according to different senses. Some learn by visual, others auditory and some tactile. She admonished delegates to use gestures where words fail.
I personally learn by seeing and whatever I see I don`t forget. The session enabled me know and appreciate my difference alongside other people`s differences. Moving forward in whatever session you are chairing, or preparing learning aids for, be sure to apply the information provided here.