Through my English for Libya project, I provided over twenty-five female English teachers with much-needed basic teacher training, and a personal learning network, to continue their learning beyond our workshops together.
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Post-revolutionary Libya might not sound like the ideal time and location for a teacher training project, however during my year in Tripoli in 2012-3, I met and worked with many Libyans determined to make a positive difference, despite the challenges. This got me thinking about what I could to support local teachers during this difficult period in their country’s history.
The outcome of this deliberation was the three-month long ‘English for Libya’ project. In collaboration with International House Tripoli-Elite, I co-delivered a series of workshops to meet the needs of Libyan state school teachers, based on the national curriculum coursebook. Despite having taught before, for almost all of the 26 female teachers we worked with, this was the first teacher training they had received in their careers to date. Four training sessions introduced the basics of teaching the four skills and vocabulary via the communicative approach. The project culminated with the opportunity to observe several trainees putting into practice what they had learned in their own classrooms. Many of the participants are still in touch, and have continued to share ideas and resources beyond the training.