The ACCV English Language Course for Blind Students.
It was back in 2007 that we first discussed developing an English Language course for blind students. It has been a long, slow road since then, except for the last six months, which in total contrast have been quite busy, full of late nights and long weekends writing, producing & preparing course syllabus, materials and manuals.
Finally, it has all come together, and the teachers and students are now doing an amazing job of putting it all into practice.
And here they are, …………. the first class of 2009!
The plan was always for this course to be of a high standard. We wanted it to be an English language course complete with teachers, teachers aides and materials to equal those of any decent language school. And it most certainly does. This is no mean feat as many documents and worksheets must be translated into Braille before each and every class.
The course is now in it’s third week and things are going very well. Juliette is doing a wonderful job coordinating everything and the other teachers, Birgit and Hai are also making a fabulous contribution. The classroom is running very smoothly with the added assistance of four teachers aides; Van, Thuy, Hieu & Phuc. They are all working hard to make this course something special and we’re so thankful to have them all on board.
In with our manuals and worksheets we also have detailed student progress reports for the teachers to assess and monitor the ongoing development of the students language skills.
I’m pleased to say that Mr Quan is doing very nicely and his first report includes comments such as ‘a very motivated, promising student’ and while it come’s as no surprise, it’s still lovely to hear. :)
I must add that the other students have received very similar comments . Juliette, Birgit & Hai have all mentioned how motivated the students are and what a great classroom environment it is.
This is truly a dream come true for ACCV …. I hope there will be many more courses to come.
Alison & Rose
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