May 8, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Some 30 lecturers from 10 Teacher Training Colleges across the country Tuesday concluded a two-day training programme in Freetown on good communication skills, learning outcomes, clarity of expression, pronunciation and course content in English language.
Participants were drawn from Fourah Bay College, Freetown Teachers College, and Port Loko Teachers College, among others.
The programme, which was designed by the British Council, has continued despite the Ebola outbreak in the country which occasioned the postponement of many activities.
According to the organisers, the objective of the training was to promote teaching in English using personal experience, develop skills for teaching effective writing through control and guided activities, and to help lecturers devise and use meaningful activities to enhance listening skills in the classroom.
Speaking at the end of the training, Umaru Fofana, who is the Project Delivery Coordinator, said the programme provided great opportunity for lecturers in the provinces to participate in British Council training programmes as they were left out due to the Ebola outbreak in the country, which restricted the movement of people from one town to another.
He described the training as a breakthrough for learners of English as they were provided with the platform to participate fully even though the country was under a health emergency, adding that the training was streamlined with practical exercises to make it simpler for participants.
A facilitator at the training, Mrs. Gloria Palmer from the Institute of Adult Education at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, admonished participants to take the training seriously as most students across the country were having difficulties in writing their English language examination.