The current situation in our country has made our personal and professional lives more difficult. Nevertheless, our team managed to acclimate to the ongoing changes and react appropriately. The result is a META organization adapted to „the time of coronavirus“ which maintains its client services in this most demanding period and at the same time offers the teaching staff a way to reach the children with a different mother tongue but also a way to their professional self-education. To keep you better informed, we have prepared a short overview of the current events in our organization. ↓
Client counselling is fully operational
Foreigners living in the Czech Republic have, just like us, found themselves in a complicated situation amplified in some cases by an insufficient knowledge of the Czech language.
That is why we keep the counselling fully operational not only for foreigners but for schools as well. Clients can contact our social workers via phone, email or, if need be, set up a meeting face-to-face. Simultaneously, we gather information from the field, e. g. how do individual schools manage long-distance education for children with a different mother tongue and based on the collected data we adapt our activities and educational programs.
Czech language courses take place online
School lessons have been moved to an online platform and we did the same with our ongoing Czech courses. This concerns theA1 level one-semester course for adults as well as the preparatory intensive Czech language course as a part of the Don´t give up project. In addition to that, on the 7th of April we are launching a new free-of-charge Czech course for children (middle school). The A2 level one-semester course for adults is the only one currently on pause but we are also trying to launch it online. We are also planning to open Enhancement courses for high school students (including preparation for the final exam “maturita“).
As part of the volunteer program we are working intensely on making all our tutoring courses available online. Several of our clients are already taking classes this way. We are progressively mapping out our other clients´ needs in this state of emergency and we are trying to provide the support by volunteers.
Applicants interested in tutoring lessons can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and volunteers can apply via the website as before or contact the coordinator directly.
What´s new for teachers on the Inclusive school portal
In response to the current situation we have published comprehensive information with so called Open letters in English, Russian and Vietnamese on the www.inkluzivniskola.cz portal. Teachers can use them to communicate with parents who don´t speak Czech. You will find suggestions for online lessons there, thoughts and ideas on how to continue teaching so that the children don´t lose touch with the Czech language. The “Open letters“ also include commented links to online sources. Furthermore, we have prepared several articles for teachers stating for example tips for remote teaching or a manual on how to give instructions to parents and children correctly and clearly.
1st of April – How to handle remote teaching for children with a different mother tongue
Organized in cooperation with the National pedagogical institute (NPI CR).
15th of April – ONLINE seminar for teachers: online sources, materials, and tips for working with students with a different mother tongue
Other seminars for teachers have been postponed (alternate dates will be posted later depending on the situation). Nevertheless, counselling, and methodological support for teachers continue to be available.