Tonga

Resources

In the first five years of our English Literacy Project, Peace Corps/Tonga staff and Volunteers have developed a collection of documents and videos. They explain the purposes and activities of the project, as well as products and lessons learned that have emerged from this international effort to re-design English literacy development in this Pacific island nation.

"Idea Book for English Literacy Facilitators":    This Idea Book is written for Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) who are serving as English Literacy Facilitators (ELFs) in our post’s English Literacy Project. It contains ideas generated by PCVs, PC staff, and PCVs’ Tongan counterparts since the project began in 2012. Our project has grown from an idea to a living, breathing collaboration which is creating new ways of helping children and other community members develop English and other skills in Tonga.  Idea Book for English Literacy Facilitators

"What to Teach and How to Teach It (in the Tonga English Literacy Project)":  This 17-page Technical Note from PC/Tonga describes how Volunteers, staff, and partners at Peace Corps/Tonga have -- over five years -- defined (1) what literacy-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes Volunteers and counterparts should teach in primary and middle schools and (2) the range of "student-centered" practices teachers should use.  What to Teach and How to Teach It (in Tonga's English Literacy Project)

"Family, Village, and School as Resources for Learning and Literacy ('Atakai 'o e  Ako)":  This 26-page Technical Note from PC/Tonga describes the why’s and how’s of creating a “community learning system” in which schools, families, and other important community stakeholders pool and coordinate local resources to support general educational success and literacy development of children and other residents.      Family, Village, and School as Partners for Learning and Literacy

"Tech Tools for Literacy in Tonga":   This 15-page document is one of a series of "Technical Notes" that describe lessons learned and promising practices that have emerged from the first five years of PC/Tonga's English Literacy Project.  It describes how PCVs have worked with Tongan counterparts to use various kinds of technologies to build teacher capacities, help students develop English and technology skills, and promote community support for learning and literacy.  Tech Tools for Literacy in Tonga

"Peace Corps/Tonga Reader":  This 75-page "Reader" contains brief Background Notes and links to other resources related to 23 topics covered in Peace Corps/Tonga technical training. Invitees, Trainees, and Volunteers are asked to review these materials prior to the corresponding training sessions, to build background knowledge to prepare them for the training.  Peace Corps/Tonga Reader

"Grammar Book for Tonga English Literacy Project (Sai Ke Tau Ilo)":  This 186-page PCV-written guide was prepared for PCVs working as English Literacy Facilitators in Tonga's English Literacy Project and for Tongan teachers. It presents activities for teaching various kids of grammar skills required by the units of Tonga's primary school English curriculum.  Grammar Book (for Tonga's English Literacy Project)

"Sight Word Book from Tonga (Things We Do)": This is an example of a Sight Word Book (SWB) created by PCVs in Tonga's English Literacy Project. It is one of dozens of SWBs, designed to provide Tongan primary and middle-school children and teachers with reading materials that are easy-to-use, culturally and linguistically relevant, and low cost.  Tonga Sight Word Book ("Things We Do")

"Sight Word Book from Tonga (Put Rubbish in the Bin)": This is an example of a Sight Word Book (SWB) created by PCVs in Tonga's English Literacy Project. This SWB integrates the learning of English with an environmental issue commonly found in Tonga: proper disposal of trash.  It is one of dozens of SWBs, designed to provide Tongan primary and middle-school children and teachers with reading materials that are easy-to-use, culturally and linguistically relevant, and low cost.   Tonga Sight Word Book ("Put Rubbish in the Bin")

"Overview of Tongan English Literacy Project Goals, Activities, and Volunteers":  These two short videos provide an overview of the goals, objectives, and activities of the Tonga English Literacy Project and who our Volunteers are, their diverse backgrounds, and their readiness to serve.