Tamba NGOM taught in Ndayane High school in Diourbel for four years. He was a FLA (Foreign Language Assistant) in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom where he worked in Swanshurst Girl School from October 1st 2007 to May 31st 2008. From 2008 to 2015, he worked also as a teacher trainer in English at Diourbel Regional Teacher Training Center where was the Head of the Department of TIC and E-Learning. In 2013, he was sent by the Ministry of Education to South Korea in the framework of the UNESCO-ROK Co-Sponsored fellowship program to be immerged with the ins and outs of the Korean educational system. In 2014, he co-presented with former senior RELO Suzan Strand at TESOL international Convention in Portland, USA on ‘English Language Teacher Training in the Field – Literally!’
He completed successfully two 10-week e-learning sessions with Oregon (Critical Thinking in 2010) and Maryland Universities (Assessment in 2012). In December, 2015 he was posted at DFC (Direction de la Formation et de la Communication) as the ELT National Pedagogic Coordinator.
TOPIC: HOW TO COPE WITH MIXED-ABILITY CLASSES IN THE SENEGALESE CONTEXT?
SUMMARY OF THE PRESENTATION
Mixed ability classes are a fact of not only language classes but of all courses. The issue of mixed ability classes in our context is all the more problematic as we are experiencing the phenomenon of the large classes which are here to remain for years again.
Since no two students can be the same in terms of language background, learning speed, learning ability and motivation, it is a utopian view to think that our classes could be homogeneous in terms of these aspects; no matter where we live in the world or at which school we teach.
Therefore, the teachers become the key factor in reaching each and every student in a class. So, it is important for them to be aware of the problems resulting from mixed abilities in their classes and to decide on techniques and strategies that could be used to solve such problems.