Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
One of the country’s official languages, English is a vital skill to learn in Uganda. It is often used as a common language between different tribes, many businesses operate using English, and the latter primary school years (P4 to P7) are also taught in English.
Our TEFL programme was started by a committed volunteer, Jenny Hickman, in 2008. Course have run every year since except for 2015. Jenny has worked with women from communities Kyabirwa, Buwenda, Budondo, Buyala, Kivubuka and Bufuula, and over the years there have been groups of between 30 to 80 students, with an age range of 18 to 65 years.
The TEFL lessons enable women, some of whom have never been to school, to learn in an environment of fun and inclusion and to achieve a feeling of self worth and confidence. The TEFL lessons are all about speaking English not learning grammar. The women want to learn for a number of reasons:
- to help their children with school work / activities;
- to be able to communicate with visitors to their village;
- to help them find a job;
- to have that feeling of achievement.
Our TEFL courses also give women the opportunity to meet socially, away from their duties and tasks, and away from the pressures of life. It gives them an avenue to meet, share experiences and form friendships.
“I enjoyed the lessons and learnt a lot of new words and their meanings. I feel more confident when I speak English”
Prossy, 54 years old, 2017 TEFL graduate
Our 2017 TEFL course was held at Bufuula Primary School. There were 49 regular attendees, with an age range of 20-65 years (average age of 41 years). Ten women had never attended school before, six were educated to Senior 1 or 2, and the remaining women had only a very basic education to Primary 2 or 3. Many of the women attending the course had previously attended Bufuula Primary School.
Soft Power Education’s TEFL courses are volunteer-led, and we are always on the look out for training TEFL teachers to run courses here in Uganda. We ask for a minimum of 3 months commitment. Contact us for more information.