Mentor TEFL Tutors at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs)


Open to Rwanda RPCVs only

Activity/project background

REB has requested support with English language instruction at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) to help meet Rwanda’s critical need for highly qualified English teachers. English became the national medium of instruction in 2008 in recognition of the fact that the English language is becoming a vital channel of communication to link Rwanda to rest of the world. English is formally learned in schools where TTCs play a key role in primary (elementary) education in particular, and in other education levels in general. Given the relatively recent switch from French to English in classrooms, both teachers and learners can benefit greatly from a native English speaker with teaching skills. Peace Corps Response Volunteers have assisted TTCs in the past and helped students and teachers acquire improved English language and English teaching skills.

The current curriculum framework for TTCs focuses on strengthening English language skills through classroom instruction, English clubs, and use of English in extra-curricular activities. It is in this regard that REB has requested the support of Peace Corps. Participating TTCs will be selected in close collaboration with REB.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Hold a video call with three tutors per week to co-design at least three ELT communicative activities
• Review at least three lesson plans developed by three tutors and sent by email, and hold one video call per week to offer suggestions in order to increase student participation and speaking practice
• Assist tutors to research new English Language Teaching methods and digital literacy skills necessary to design and deliver both face-to-face and online English classes
• Provide at least three new teaching resources that tutors can use with a class size of approximately 50 student teachers to improve their conversational English
• Facilitate one teacher CoP for at least two hours per month involving 15 tutors
• Provide consultation to tutors and students on the questions requiring knowledge and expertise of US culture and English language
Expected outcomes of the service:
• Tutors and student teachers will demonstrate improvement in English language skills particularly listening and speaking
• Tutors will learn new methods of teaching English language
• Tutors will learn new online facilitation and research skills

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.
Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, Rwanda time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, GoogleDocs, email, and WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Note that TTC students are normally below the age of 18. As per the Peace Corps Child Protection Code of Conduct, at least two adults must be present while engaging with minors online. The VSPP must ensure that the tutor or another adult is present while communicating with students.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in English, TEFL/TESOL, education, or related field

Experience: Three months of TEFL classroom teaching in Rwanda

Intercultural skills and motivation: flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: English Teaching certification

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Strong computer and organizational skills

• Experience teaching student teachers at pre-service level and/or training teachers at in-service level
• Experience in online teaching and/or facilitation

Partner background

Name: Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB)

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

REB is the technical implementing department of the Ministry of Education. REB is responsible for improving the quality of Basic Education in Rwanda’s government schools through curriculum development, development and management of teachers, assessment, and promoting the use of information and communication technology in education. REB’s mission is to fast track basic education development in Rwanda by designing and delivering high-quality 12 years of basic education for all children of school age for free.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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