Publication Date

Summer 2011

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo

Abstract

Chile is currently making great investments in English as a foreign language (EFL) programming as a means for international communication and commerce. The following mobility program has been designed for family run Cañadilla, S.A. to connect qualified, concerned EFL professionals with semi-private primary and secondary schools in Santiago. An in depth needs assessment was performed in their eight schools under Cañadilla’s Coordinator of English programs to determine the most efficient way to begin improvement. Professional development has been named a cornerstone in this process. This program intends to draw learned, practiced EFL teachers to participate in a hands-on professional development practicum. Experiential learning based curriculum aims at creating a reciprocal relationship where both host schools and native speaking participants have the opportunity to grow. The curriculum focuses on refinement of EFL workplace skills such as learning from observation, reflection, creative problem solving, workshop design and presentation and Spanish as a foreign language for. Program development continues in hopes it will serve as an alternative for the government sponsored English Open Doors program currently in place, and will be proposed to the host institution, Cañadilla and the Chilean Ministry of Education for the 2012 school year starting early March 2012.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | International and Comparative Education

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