Friday, September 14, 2007

Neta news

Dear Friends
Here is the latest update on NETA.
We had a workshop on Reading last week. It was well attended with nearly 80 teachers from different places such as Reheboth, Swakop, Walvis Bay, Karibib, Gobabis, Okahandja and of course, Windhoek.
Prof. Malaba from UNAM and Mr. Fred Opali from Polytechnic were the main speakers. Subsequently we had workshops looking at different aspects of Reading such as reading poetry, short story, passages from a novel and, also developing a vocabulary for the tertiary level and developing critical thinking through reading African texts. The participants interacted fully and engaged with the material provided to them.
In the last session of the day, the rapoteurs from the different workshops reported to the general assembly of teachers what happened in their respective workshops.
Most participants felt that they were very rushed and that they needed more time for the sessions.
I believe that more than ever there is a need to conduct several workshops and involve more teachers in them.
Next year we will extend an invitation to all English teachers in Namibia to join NETA.
Cheers !

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Here is the NETA newsletter.

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We welcome all contributions.


NETA Questionnaire

Did you realise that there were almost seventy participants present at our launch in April ?
We had distributed a questionnaire during our launch to find out our teachers' needs. The analysis threw up some interesting results. Briefly:

1. All teachers felt that they need help to develop students in the four skill areas :
Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

2. Some teachers felt that they needed help in the teaching of Grammar and Vocabulary.

3. Certain others expressed the need to be helped in the area of Literature teaching
with an emphasis on Poetry.

4. Some teachers wanted to be trained in: Lesson and Curriculum Planning/Dealing
with Learning Disabilities/Materials development/ Developing Critical Thinking/Games
and Fun Activities to develop language skills.

5. A few expressed interest in action, empirical and applied research.

Clearly all of us concerned about the lack of language and study skills in our students.

How do you tackle this problem in your classroom ? Why don't you post a small note about the strategies you use in class to teach your students ?

Cheers !


Wednesday, September 5, 2007


My favourite aphorism when I was in school was: " If at first you don't succeed, try , try , try again".
I see that nobody has tried to access my blog. Is it because people are afraid to try blogging ? But really, it is the easiest tool in the world !
Or is it because I haven't posted my photo ??? Surely that should not deter you !!!

Pl. feel free to contribute whatever you would like to my blog.

The launch of NETA was a huge success. Now we are conducting a workshop on Reading which is indeed a matter of concern for all of us teachers.

I read a very interesting book last week which is a reworking of the Bram Stoker novel, Dracula. It had an interesting technique quite different from the epistolary form of the original and the story was plausible despite being set in our times. I also read Africa: A Shackled Continent, a very insightful book comprehensively written, though it is not a work of fiction. My serious reading at this point in time, is about language policy and discourse.

Of course, the excitement in the past few days has been about J.K. Rowling's last novel in the Harry Potter series. My daughter booked her copy days in advance and went to CNA at midnight to collect it even though it was dead cold. She said she wanted to be part of a global phenomenon !!!

Tell me what you have been reading and what you like/don't like about the books that you have been reading