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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) uses contemporary teaching methods and an early start to teach students. Cambodian students typically do not begin English language study until 4th grade. CFC is changing the future for these students by beginning their ESL skills in Kindergarten, and simultaneously building STEM knowledge. By the time these students graduate, they will be among the most employable youth in the country.

How do we do this?

  • Utilize technology in ESL classrooms for independent learning
  • Investment in skilled coordinators, program managers and specialized teachers
  • Investment in training for all teachers, administrators and staff, including higher education and ESL training scholarships
  • Collaborating with the Ministry of Education, local schools and other NGOs to expand the reach of these tools through conferences and open curriculum
  • Practice with native-language speakers through volunteer programs, international schools’ service trips and pen-pal programs
  • Building English-language resources in classrooms and libraries

Seeing Results

  • Integrated curriculum as ESL is learned together with ICT and STEM
  • High school teachers report better performance by students who have taken ESL in primary school
  • The Ministry of Education points to CFC schools as the model
  • CFC ESL staff train teachers regionally and present at national conferences
  • Steady increase in ESL enrollment
  • Expanded ESL instruction from Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • CFC teachers increased ESL certification

Goals for the Future

  • Increase workforce-readiness and academic skills so that our students can work in growth fields
  • Increased ESL proficiency for all teachers and staff

Our Impact This Year

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  • Toothbrushes Provided


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