Norbu and Metok, two of Esukhia’s most senior teachers, have spent the last two months working with Samara (a postgraduate in second language pedagogy) and Paul (a CELTA certified ESL teacher) in teaching methodology and modern second language pedagogy, with a focus on practical application.
Now, having added their own invaluable insights and experience to the process in translating those methods into the Tibetan language context, they are conducting their own training for the team-leading teachers of the immersion classroom.
Esukhia’s goal is to create a waterfall effect for well-trained, native-speaking Tibetan language teachers: teachers who are trained and practiced learn how to train other teachers; those teachers are able to train more teachers; and so on, encouraging a self-sustaining model for raising the level of teaching professionalism within the Tibetan language teaching community across the board.
We have now opened a dedicated center for a full-time teacher-training program located here at Esukhia to benefit the many teachers of Tibetan as a Second Language and their students, such as those non-Tibetan monastics (Himalayan, Indian, Nepali, or Western) within institutions who must study the depth and breadth of the Buddhist tradition in a second language… Suffice it to say, the results thus far are very encouraging!
Norbu gives teacher training
Pema Metok explains second language teaching methodology