Diving Into Teaching: Tanzania Week 2
During the second week in Tanzania the students were able to begin teaching more advanced classes focused on improving the vocabulary and grammar of the students. At Jitegemee High School six cadets taught between one and three classes per day. These classes ranged from form five all the way to form two, so the cadets were able to interact with students of different ages.
A normal class was around 35 students and would last about one hour. During the classes the cadets would explain different components of grammar (adverbs, verbs, etc.) and teach the students new words that would expand their vocabulary. The cadets tried to teach new words that the students had never heard before, such as compassion, negotiate, and spectacular. To keep the classes from becoming too boring the cadets would play quiz games about the previous lessons with the students and hand out candies or pencils as prizes. The cadets would also march the students in place and teach them some of our favorite cadences.
Our second weekend was spent in Zanzibar, a large island of 1.3 million people east of Dar es Salaam. Five cadets spent Saturday traveling on a small wooden boat between smaller islands, eating fresh tropical fruit and snorkeling in the coral reefs. The other cadets visited prison island and got to see giant tortoises and snorkel off of the island. On Sunday everyone went on a walking tour of Stone Town, the historical district of Zanzibar, and then toured a spice farm where they saw how spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon grass, and cumin are grown and harvested.
Zanzibar is not far from Dar es Salaam and is considered by some to be part of the Tanzania. However, the culture and the people are not the same and even the dialect of Swahili is different. This was another good example of how history, people and culture can differ from one place to another even though they are close together.