Popular volunteer programme for internationals of The Hague brings world cultures and languages to regional Dutch high school classrooms for the sixth time!
The World in Your Classroom is an initiative connecting members of the The Hague’s international community with local Dutch high schools in order to share the wealth of knowledge this great city has. Internationals are provided with training which will help them to organize their thoughts and build a lesson plan for their presentation which will be focused on the culture of their native country or their mother tongue language. During the 2017-2018 school year approximately 100 internationals from 50 different countries gave over 110 guest lectures in English or Spanish and French conversation classes at a dozen schools. Some even acted as guest examiners for ‘language villages’ – conversational linguistic academic exams students take in foreign languages.
The 2018-2019 school year will be the sixth time that the municipality of The Hague, PEP Den Haag (Participation and Emancipation Professionals), ACCESS (national foundation helping internationals settle into the Netherlands) and The Hague Bridge (programme to facilitate interaction between the local Dutch and international communities) have made ‘The World in Your Classroom’ possible through funding and promotional support.
On November 7th 18:00-21:30, internationals wishing to participate will be taught ‘Kagan’ cooperative learning methods by an educational expert from The Hague Centre for Education advice (HCO). They will learn how the Dutch education system is organized and the best methods for teaching teenagers. They will practice Kagan methods for creating exciting and engaging presentations. They will also brainstorm in small groups on topics they could present and related activities they could use to test students on what they have just been taught.
Most guest lecturers admit during their training session that they have reservations on how their presentation will be received by the teens they will be teaching. With the advice they receive specific to this age group, TWIYC lecturers go into their lectures feeling confident and express great satisfaction from the teaching experience. Local teachers are also excited to learn new things about foreign cultures and value the diversity these lectures convey.
A novelty for this sixth edition will be to offer a few guest lectures in English at local community colleges, with topics related to career issues and growing up in an international environment like The Hague with many cultures. One school is also looking for native English speakers to provide practice for students taking the oral part of the Cambridge English as a second language exam and potentially for some group projects this school year.
The World in Your classroom is recruiting motivated volunteers to become guest lecturers, conversation teachers and guest examiners. Would you like to volunteer? Please register online at The World In Your Classroom.