TVS’ TechLearn programme uses IT technology to support children’s English language learning and introduce children to computers as a learning tool. Training for local teachers is an integral part of the programme.
TechLearn teaches English language through a practical, task-oriented focus on specific topics, such as producing a newsletter about ‘My School or writing a ‘My Teacher’ profile. This is complemented and reinforced by supported IT teaching to transfer the content into digital format.
Rapid Writing software helps learners with English vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation. (We are grateful to Battle and Langton School, Battle for donating this software.)
The one-year programme is divided into three modules. Each module lasts 5-8 sessions and is supported by detailed lesson plans and learner workbooks. Children are divided into groups of 15 – 20, each taught by a team of two teachers with teaching taking place after school.
During 2018/2019, seven teachers from Tyume schools and communities and TVS’ two IT trainers piloted TechLearn, benefitting from three two-day teacher training workshops. 114 Grade 6 and 7 children from seven primary schools took part.
TVS provides transport to its IT lab and a nourishing afternoon snack prepared by local helpers. Teachers and volunteers are paid a stipend to compensate them for their time and commitment.