Making an Impact: When Teachers and Students Begin to See Improvement


By Kristen Aguiar

When I arrived in Chile I started co-teaching in one of Susie’s classes, another teacher at STEP. The students are English teachers in Chile and they also teach many other subjects at the colegios in Santiago.

When I started in the class, the students were at a low English level; they would speak some, but then revert back to Spanish. We started to work in small groups with the students, three teachers with about four students in each group. Each week I saw the students gaining confidence and I believe this is due to the students having more talking time and feeling comfortable with the teachers and their peers.

One student in particular is taking the English course with Santo Tomas and also another English course at a university in Santiago. I have worked with her closely in class to improve her grades in both courses. Each…

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