Before training the teachers of Batangtoru, a remote area of North Sumatra, struggled to communicate in English, but by the end their fluency had noticeably improved. "The teachers were very committed. They did an exemplary job of overcoming their own difficulties and it paid off." Rebecca Hales, teacher trainer.
Secondary and high school teachers, from a rural area of Indonesia, received training designed to both improve their English language skills and develop their teaching skills. The training focused on communicative methodology, as many teachers relied almost entirely on a more traditional lecture style of teaching and barely spoke English in the classroom. After the training most teachers use far more English in their classrooms.
"I have been more motivated in teaching and learning process for better improvement." Erlis Trinana Rambe, Teacher
The training was in partnership with PT Agincourt Resources (gold mine), focusing on teachers based in the area of the mine. Before training the teachers were observed and it was identified that they could barely communicate in English. Post training classroom observations took place and the improvement in the teachers' English language and communicative teaching skills were very apparent.