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Remaining goal: $7,500

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Asian University for Women Support Foundation

The Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUWSF) is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) Cambridge-based organization that serves as the principal fundraising arm of the Asian University for Women (AUW), located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Asian University for Women (www.asian-university.org) is an emerging regional center of excellence that offers a liberal arts education and leadership development to young women from all across Asia and the Middle East, regardless of background. Currently, AUW has over 500 students from 15 countries throughout the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, the People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Vietnam. The University is in its sixth year of operations.

http://asian-university.org/

Project start date: 09/01/2017

Project completion date: 11/30/1899

AUW Language Lab



Chittagong, Bangladesh

Through our partnership with the Asian University for Women (AUW), Connecther is working to establish a language lab in Bangladesh, to serve students from 15 different countries, most of whom receive a full scholarship (due to lack of resources). The aim of this language lab is to provide support for language instruction and learning through technology.  This lab will help AUW provide additional technological support in enhancing reading, writing and critical thinking skills.


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Project Milestones

Description:

For the pilot year, teachers of Pathways and Access will select a group of students who require additional support in reaching the desired English language proficiency. These students will be paired with a peer mentor and required to spend a minimum of two hours in the lab each week.  With the help of the student teachers and peer tutor, each student will create a learning plan, specifying which skills to work on (grammar, listening, reading or vocabulary etc). At the very beginning of initiating the program an ESL specialist will come and observe a few classes of Pathways and Access Academy to help build the curriculum for language lab. Students will be able to access the pre-loaded apps and websites on the tablets to keep track of weekly progress on their worksheets which will be kept with their peer tutors. Moreover, to assist the students and give them feedback, in this lab peer tutor will take turns and spend 5 hours with the students.

 

Outline:

This pilot program will start with a need assessment test conducted by the teachers of Pathways and Access Academy (AA) to identify the key skill set that is needed by the students. Along with that, an ESL specialist will observe the classes of Pathways and AA, look into the syllabus of different classes and curate a curriculum and language aid resources which will be installed in Tablets to be used at the lab. There will be graded readers, language practice worksheets and practice audio materials of different levels. The learning material will be engaging so that students can relate and have fun while they learn the language technique. In addition 9 AUW undergraduate students will be recruited as mentors in EduAid Language lab project starting in September 2017.


  • 1 mentor will work for 5 hours per week for 5 days.
  • 7 peer tutors will conduct one to one sessions.
  • 1 peer tutor will conduct group sessions.
  • 1 peer tutor will conduct sessions on IT skills.

 

At the end of one year, Azmina Karim and Katherine Houseman (ESL specialist) will write a paper on the process of establishing the language lab and the outcome and result of this program as part of the evaluation process for Connecther. 


Background

Through our partnership with the Asian University for Women (AUW), Connecther is working to establish a language lab in Bangladesh, to serve students from 15 different countries, most of whom receive a full scholarship (due to lack of resources). The aim of this language lab is to provide support for language instruction and learning through technology.  This lab will help AUW provide additional technological support in enhancing reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

To emphasize the need of this lab, we want to highlight the diversity of the student body attending the different programs at AUW. Pathways for Promise, a pre-university English intensive program, seeks to break aspirational barriers for young women who represent severely marginalized groups including Ready-Made Garments (RMG) workers, Rohingya ethnic minorities and daughters of Grameen Bank borrowers. The Access Academy, a pre-university program focusing on academic skills, English, Math and computer skills prepares students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds for the rigorous, American-style undergraduate liberal arts curriculum at the Asian University for Women. The student body of Access Academy comprises students from Afghanistan, Syria, and Myanmar among other countries and some of these students come with very limited English and technological skills. A language lab specifically serving students from Access Academy and Pathways for Promise will help them catch up with rest of the student body. This language lab will be the first one in Bangladesh that we know of. This lab will also help us understand if language proficiency can be attained to certain level with the use of technology even for students with very limited computer skills.


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