This study is based on the findings of a teaching training project the authors conducted in a semi-subsidized school in the Beqaa plane.The purpose behind this research is to train the students and teachers in underprivileged school in rural areas in Lebanon in order to spread awareness of the importance of reading in Cycle 1 and in order to enhance the reading methodologies of the teachers for better students’ learning in English Language. 6 teachers were met on weekly basis and observed while teaching 90 grade 1 students.The findings show that the teachers gained new and different theories about learning approaches. The teachers’ awareness and comprehension about effective teaching and learning skills in relation with the constructivist teaching approaches were promoted. The teachers now were able to integrate different teaching approaches in the English daily lesson plan which encourage critical thinking skill development, applied different constructivist teaching approaches in the English classroom. It was concluded that the training workshop series achieved its objectives and the teachers were introduced to new reading methodologies especially the reading workshop and mini lessons which they started to use in their classrooms and this reflects in return on the students’ achievements and motivation which is the end line objective of any learning process. Moreover, the program influenced all of the participants’ teaching skills in terms of introducing them to different theories which help while developing their lesson plans while taking into consideration students with special needs.
Wessam Al Chibani, Notre Dame University Louaize, Lebanon
Pascale Hajal, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies
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