Over one thousand English teachers are participating in this year’s Summer Town, a workshop to practice techniques on how to motivate students and integrate new teaching technologies into the classroom. The workshop is being held in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena, Viña del Mar, Rancagua, Santiago, Talca, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia and Puerto Montt from January 6 to the 16th.
This program is organized by the U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office in Chile (RELO), the British Council, and the Ministry of Education’s English Opens Doors Program. American English teaching experts Martha Epperson and Michelle Rossman are among the instructors in the workshop. Both experts wrote a manual based on their own classroom observations in Chile in 2011, which offers teachers a wide array of strategies and activities on ways to motivate students in the classroom and suggests English teaching techniques.
In addition, 65 students from public schools in the cities of Concepción, Chillán, Santiago, Arica, Viña del Mar and Valparaíso who are on the English Access Program, will be attending the Access Summer Camp at the Education Center Los Pellines in the surroundings of Chillán, from the January 10th to the 12th.
At the camp, the students will work on group activities and engage in sports and recreational activities, speaking English at all times. They will be accompanied by their English teachers and will also meet with the regional attaché for the RELO program in Chile, Bradley Horn, and English Fellow Molly Staeheli.