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Jumanne Bakari Tungu, Capri Point Secondary School, Mwanza City, Tanzania

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am from Tanzania, Africa. I teach English as a foreign language at Capri Point Secondary School in Mwanza City. Before this, I taught English in Manyara region at Singe High School (a private school) from 2007–2008. Thereafter, I joined St. Augustine University, which is located in Mwanza City along Lake Victoria northwest of Tanzania.

In my university studies, I pursued a bachelor's in history and linguistics. After I accomplished my bachelor’s studies in 2011, I was employed in 2012 at the government middle high school in Mwanza City, where I now teach English and history.

In addition, I work as Tanzania English Language Teachers Association (TELTA) regional coordinator. TELTA does the following:

  • Promote the learning and use of the English language in our schools and enable teachers to highlight areas of strength/weakness in their classroom teachings and to meet stated goals of the curriculum and/or develop the knowledge/skills needed for high-stakes exams in their context.

  • Bring English language teachers together to share ideas, knowledge, and experience on new approaches to teaching; promote an appropriate approach in the choice of English language teaching materials used in secondary schools; give other teachers a forum where they can share ideas and explain how decisions are made about which materials are used in their classrooms, and describe any problems that they experience when participating in the decision-making process and/or when using the materials that have been chosen.

  • Create room for teachers to discuss and adopt a more positive approach to teaching that employs negotiation, interpretation, and expression for the creative, unpredictable, and purposeful use of English language in communication.

  • Expose teachers to the diverse and most recent pedagogical trends in English language teaching and enable teachers to discuss and ultimately devise methods of giving learners appropriate tasks to transact rather than items to learn so as to promote the natural language learning process.

  • Enable students to perform well in their examinations and develop English language speaking behaviour in our schools, because English is neither our native nor second language.

We also offer in-service trainings to teachers. These trainings are freely facilitated by both local and external facilitators six times a year. Some examples of trainings are: classroom management, assessment tools, how to teach the four skills, content-based approach, and teaching strategies.

TELTA Tanzania is also a member of TESOL, AFRICA TESOL, and IATEFL. All these efforts are greatly supported by RELO Tanzania.

I can be reached by phone at +255 764 629 596 or +255 062 580 322 as well as by email at jumannetungu100@gmail.com or jumanne.tungu@yahoo.com.

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