October 30th, 2013 | Uncategorized |
Mrs. I. Glory Rosaline from Concordia Higher Secondary School, Bargur, India was awarded the National ICT Award for providing education through Integrated Computer Technology. She was one of only nine teachers nationwide to receive this award, and the first of any from any of our India Evangelical Lutheran Church’s schools.
She is shown here receiving the award from the Most Honourable President of India, Pranab Mugarji.
She writes thus about getting it: “I surrender it to my Lord’s glory and when I look back at the history of Concordia I remember the missionaries who came from the the USA and sacrificed their lives to impart education and knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ. Really this Award’s special credit goes to them.” All of us here at ALEA congratulate and rejoice with Mrs. Glory on the reception of this award. She is an inspiration to many in her dedication to teaching and her faith, as well. May the Lord continue to bless her and the ministry of Concordia, Bargur.
October 30th, 2013 | News |
ALEA is proud to announce the Allan and Sandy Schmidt Service Learning Grant. This grant was announced at the October 2011 ALEA Conference in Hong Kong, to encourage schools to step forward and include Service Learning in their curriculum. The next round of awards will be announced in November 2013 and March 2014 to be used for the 2013/2014 school year, so don’t delay. Get your application in as soon as possible. What creative ideas does your school have when it comes to Service Learning? Let us know so we can share these ideas with other schools in ALEA.
Download the application here: Allan and Sandy Schmidt Service Learning Grant or PDF
October 15th, 2013 | Uncategorized |
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October 9th, 2013 | News |
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August 28th, 2013 | News,Partners |
On May 23, the 10th grade Advanced English class at Concordia Middle School (CMS) in Chia-yi, Taiwan, participated in a service learning trip to Jhu Yuan Elementary School in rural Taiwan. This small school only has 58 students in grades 1-6.
Principal Benjamin Tsai, a CMS alumnus, is committed to improving language learning at his school, and he worked with CMS teachers Mary Lin and Mark Wolfram to organize the event. Mark Wolfram led the class of 30 CMS students to Jhu Yuan to facilitate an afternoon of English activities. The trip was sponsored by the Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA) Service Learning Grant which paid for transportation, insurance, and teaching materials for the CMS students.
Prior to the trip, the CMS students spent several weeks preparing teaching materials and games. The tenth graders divided themselves into six groups. Three of the groups taught grades 1-3, while the other three taught grades 4-6. The students had to prepare a 40 minute lesson by creating teaching goals, visual aids, and a game. They taught their 40 minute lesson three times over the course of the afternoon.
Some of the lesson themes included sports, fruit, and body parts. At Jhu Yuan, both sets of students really enjoyed the experience, as there were smiles on the faces of the elementary and high school students alike. For the elementary students, it was a great chance to use English and learn new words and ideas, all within the framework of fun, interactive lessons.
For the 10th graders, it was a great chance to be role models and help encourage the little ones in their study of English. Even better, the group was blessed to be able to use the trip as an opportunity to share the Gospel.
At an opening assembly, three CMS students introduced the Gospel message and gave each elementary student a bracelet and explained how each color could help them remember the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.
In their reflection following the trip, CMS students seemed very grateful for the opportunity to serve, and wrote how this opportunity helped them grow as both leaders and English learners. The money remaining from the ALEA Service Learning Grant will be used to fund similar trips in 2014 and 2015. Praise God for this chance for CMS to share Jesus through both word and action with these students in rural Taiwan, as well as the funding made possible by ALEA.
August 28th, 2013 | News,Partners |
I felt a grin slowly spreading across my lips when the service learning news was presented to us by our teacher. In our school, there were many projects that allowed us to speaking in front of a crowd – drama, debate, reading theater, to name a few – yet service learning required much more preparation than those.
Take picking the teaching topic for example. We had to brainstorm: What would the children have most interest in? What topic would be most related to their lives? Fairy tales, cartoons, numbers, foods all crossed our minds, and our group decided on animals. Other factors had to be taken into consideration too, such as class time, the children’s English abilities, student/teacher ratio… In short, we had to learn to think over our plans and make it feasible. I’m a perfectionist, but even if I weren’t, I’m sure I’d enjoy completing the teaching plan anyway.
However, anxiety lingered on my mind through the weeks of preparation. I seemed to be the only one feeling so, mostly because I seldom talk to children. Yet that problem was solved when the class started – the children were so vigorous! They were beaming and laughing and so eager to start the class. Originally I also worried about the vocabularies being too difficult for them to comprehend, but my friend told me to rest assured. It seems like she’s right, because the children’s ability to memorize them are truly astonishing. At the end of the day we were tired out, but the kids remained spirited as usual.
This was an experience no other could replace. Actually, I would say that we learned more from the children than they from us. It made me realize two things:
First, children have potential. They are faster learners than us, and they definitely do not lack the passion to learn. Sometimes all they lack are resources that the society or their family cannot provide. Secondly, children need creative teachings. They need activities to let them run their imagination freely, and also, run physically. People in their age should not be tied down to chairs.
All in all, I wish our teachings would mean something to them. Not something great, but a mere inspiration to make them enthusiastic in learning English, and hopefully, many other things in life.