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The community English Library & Resource Center has a single, two-part goal: to provide the town with public, easily accessible, authentic American English materials and resources, first by making books (fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, beginners’ books, literature, poetry, pedagogical and grammar resources and manuals, etc.) available; second by training teachers and students in the use of the new materials. Currently, the town’s public school system suffers from a lack of quality English language materials. The books in use are characterized by excessive grammar and spelling errors which drain classroom and preparation time and efficiency, often leading to confusion among both teachers and students and a less than ideal learning environment in the English classroom. The idea, then, is to give teachers the opportunity to supplement their lessons with authentic texts written and edited by native English speakers.
The finished project will not only make strong resources publicly available, but will result in a transfer of knowledge between members of the community educational community via a series of student and teacher trainings which will showcase the use of materials in the classroom as well as general use of the public library system in the everyday lives of the residents. The trainings will also focus on the necessity of cooperation between school administrators who, currently, tend to view themselves as competitors for resources rather than members of a team.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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