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Facilitating EMI with Teachers in Bahrain

[#facilitation👩🏻‍🏫] While I love big events and all the #community building it nurtures, it is so inspiring to spend time with #teachercolleagues in smaller groups where we can really have fun sharing ideas on how to tackle big sticky #challenges.


Today was just like that. It was my last day in #Bahrain, where I spent time with a small group of teachers tackling the increasingly common challenge of shifting to English as a medium of instruction (as opposed to teaching Math and Science in Arabic).


There were two aha moments:


1️⃣: One for the teachers: from what I could see, it was at the point where I shared this: now you’ve shifted to EMI, you’re no longer “just” a science or math teacher. You’re a language teacher too.


“Oooh… yikes!” said the energy!


2️⃣: One for me: teachers, and people in general know a lot already. A large part of facilitation is not in sharing “new” information as such… a big part of training is in the inspiring and motivating.


If you’re a math or science teacher who is shifting to teaching your subject in English and looking for support, there is a wonderful article by Margaret Cooze on the Cambridge University Press Education #BrighterThinking Blog, which helped inform today’s session. Well worth a read for teachers facing this challenge. 💪


Here’s the link:



P.S. The room we were in had a couple of whiteboards, and I couldn’t help but squeal a little to use them after such a long time. I just love a whiteboard, chalkboard… any kind of board that you can write on. 🖍🤓🥲😆








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