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Ayeyarwady English school - Yangon (Burma)
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Ayeyarwady English school - Yangon (Burma)
Description: Other schools rely on a more?modern pedagogy. Min Thein Kha, founder of the Ayeyarwady English school, favors little classes and interactive lessons, so as to build a special bond with each of everyone of his students. More than a teacher, Min Thein Kha is a mentor, a big brother, who teaches much more than English. During recess, the children play in his kitchen and his living room (picture 24, 25 and 26). On the walls are hung inspirational messages: ?take your responsibility, make your own choices, become a decent person?. Min Thein Kha explains his method:

?Even if it pays less, I prefer to keep my classes under 10 pupils. Only at this condition can I have the latitude to get to know them, and understand why this kid is angry or this one improves faster than the others, so as to maximize the potential of every single one. Even if there is common base you can draw on to teach children, teaching really is a case by case activity. That?s why I observe my class, learn about it, then think about the way to go. It?s a real philosophy : ?Classology?.?

If a student spends his time listing, he will forget. But if he participates, he?ll never forget. That?s why I use magazines like ?Times? and ?Newsweek? to initiate some debates in class. They don?t understand everything, but they learn to recognize an ad in the paper or a movie star. To me, a language is a living entity, which changes the vision of the one that studies it, which can make a student more independent. Some parents do not like that and ask me why I don?t force my students to learn by heart. Initiative is not really part of their learning culture.?
Keywords: Burma, Myanmar, Yangon, Rangoon, Cocoon, English, school, portrait, students, Burmese, children, girl, education, language, learning, skill, international, modern, pedagogy
Date: 10.05.2010 22:46
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