To take advantage of the English sessions we share with Comuna 1 (Santo Domingo) and Comuna 13 (20 de Julio) our students applied their learning to a vocational platform – training to be tour guides. The initial project was developed by Philippa Coleman from the University of Queensland.
Rather than only being about the language we focus on the real world application of language so that its use has meaning for our students. In place of just repeating exercises from a textbook we collaborate with our students to help them design, rehearse and improve tours of their local communities. Through doing this their English learning is based in a relatable context and our students have the opportunity of working with their knowledge to be self-sustaining and successful. At the moment both groups are continuing with their tours and some are using it as their principle income.
We are continuing the process of reformation of the tours and are planning on launching a similar program in another area of Medellín shortly.