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English Acceleration Program & Intern Experiences

As Khud's Summer Internship Program 2016 comes to close, two of the interns working on English Acceleration share their experiences.

Fatima Mohsin Naqvi:

Equipping the kids with the tools to learn on their own has been the primary goal of Khud from the beginning; it is thus increasingly exciting to see the course the English acceleration program has taken. Now on week five, the students have absorbed a plethora of new ideas and are comfortable using them in everyday language. Most importantly, they have realized the importance of a different kind of learning, one that is inherently different than the rote learning they are accustomed to.  Most of the credit falls to the E-learning program that we have incorporated in our syllabus; the interactive activities found in each lesson have given a new take on the subject.

Students using the e-learning program:

After exhausting the e-learning website, students are now currently following a video series that explain important grammar basics through Urdu. They believe this to be on par with the E-learning website, both in terms of understandability and content.

A student enjoying part of the video series:

Another promising development is that most students are more interested and curious in what they’re studying now so whenever they find themselves stuck on a certain word most students Google the meaning on their own or put it into Google translate and figure it out themselves. Hoping to have a ripple effect, this will give rise to the idea that they can do this outside the classroom as well and will result in a myriad of phenomenal possibilities.

 

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Ali Mirza:

On the first day of the summer internship program, it was hard to believe that this amount of progress would be made in such a short amount of time. The students have increased their skills drastically, mainly in speaking, reading, listening and understanding. They have attempted various activities on http://www.e-learningforkids.org/  using the assistance of YouTube videos on the relevant topics. Our main aim of self-learning is being achieved through this method, and the students engage with each other and have fun while attempting these activities. They require very little assistance from the facilitators except for when they are being tested on their speaking skills. English Acceleration through self-learning has been a very vital tool towards improving the level of their education.

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Accelerated English Program via Self-Learning | EdTech

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Accelerated English Program via Self-Learning | EdTech

A modern truism is that learning occurs via the Internet in the information age we live. That is predicated on a child's ability to read English. This is a problem, given the mother tongue for the vast majority of the children in Pakistan is not English and nearly 25 Million children do not go to school. The nearly 25 million that do go to school face many challenges in picking up English skills given poor quality of curriculum, limited capacities of teachers and large class sizes.

At Khud we are fiercely focused on implementing a curriculum that accelerates English reading. How? We are developing a digital pedagogy that uses technology to implement a program of structured self-learning. We are not looking to re-invent the wheel, especially when there is amazing content available. After searching and testing publicly available resources, we picked E-Learning for Kids. Developed by a team led by Dr. Nick van Dam, Global Chief Learning Officer for McKinsey,  the site is focused on providing "fun and free learning on the internet for children ages 5 - 12." The site offers "free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we're building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education."

We have successfully piloted many of their gamified English lessons in our second school in Lahore, Pakistan:

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It is a platform that allows for learning to happen in an interactive and enjoyable manner:

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Here are two students showing off their certificate:

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With the successful completion of the initial pilot, we are firming up the lesson plans around "Accelerated English" so we can roll this out across more schools and share with other educational institutions.

We are thankful to Dr. Nick van Dam and Michael Williams (@ E-Learning for Kids) for assisting us in navigating through the technical challenges that we were facing. We look forwarding to working with them in utilizing their brilliant platform as we further build out a comprehensive pedagogy. 

 

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