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Teaching in rural areas in the south of Chile

  • 1.  Teaching in rural areas in the south of Chile

    Posted 18 days ago

    Dear colleagues

    Hoping this entry finds you well, I'm going to describe how is working in rural areas in my country: Chile (specifically in the south, the island from Chiloé). This island is 100% rural. It has beautiful landscapes, and the weather is very rainy. It highlights its mythology and the generosity of its people. The students are very well behaved and eager to learn the English language (I think this is because for the tourism in the island). They are very childish, in a good way, comparing to the cities. One of the problems in the island is that not everyone has Wi-Fi network, so teaching online through platforms like zoom was impossible the last year. I sent them worksheets and videos through whatsap, which is the main channel to communicate with the parents and the students. I did not teach complex content, but practical tasks. Like greetings, routines and cooking and food. Activities that they could do with their parents and by their own. My goal was that they could learn skills that would be useful for them in the future, using the material and resources from their homes. I taught students from 5th to 8th grade. This was a significant experience. It makes me realize that is necessary to bring qualified teachers to the rural areas.  



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    Tomas Gonzalez
    Rural schools at Puqueldon
    Chile
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  • 2.  RE: Teaching in rural areas in the south of Chile

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi Thomas -
    Greetings from a fellow "Chileno".  Well...almost, that is.  :-)
    I did spend a year in Santiago and was fortunate to get out to workshops and trainings pretty much all up and down the country.  I do understand about the situation vis a vis technology in your region.  Great that you found a work-around with WhatsApp, though it is certainly more limited that other online platforms.  But communication is the thing and WhatsApp can help.
    I'm sure you will find some good connections and ideas in the TESOL community.
    Richard

    Richard Boyum
    Membership Professional Council
    Washington DC

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    Richard Boyum
    Washington DC
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Teaching in rural areas in the south of Chile

    Posted 17 days ago
    Thank you Richard!
    Yes, it is quite limited to use WhatsApp instead of zoom or other platforms mostly because of the real time communication online. Anyways, I have a negative opinion about online classes, so I am trying to do my best knowing that the conditions will never be as the real physical classroom

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    Tomas Gonzalez
    Rural schools at Puqueldon
    Chile
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  • 4.  RE: Teaching in rural areas in the south of Chile

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi Tomas! I am also Chilean. However, from Concepción.

    What was your motivation in order to start teaching in Chiloé in the first place?

    Best regards!

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    Daniela Melipillan
    Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura Concepcion
    Chile
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