Mohamed Oummih founded English for Africa after twenty-five years of teaching and training teachers of English across the globe, because he realized that Morocco was a place where he could make a real difference. Bringing pedagogical practices from as far afield as Singapore, South Africa, and North America, he believes that Moroccan teachers and learners of English as a foreign language deserve the best that language learning has to offer, and he aims to deliver.
English from Africa, English For Africa
Despite its historical origins, English is no longer an English language; it is an international language, the world's current, and most likely future lingua franca. English now comes from those who speak it all around the world, and it will come increasingly from Africa as well. By training Africa’s teachers to be effective teachers of English as a second or foreign language, English for Africa aims to help leverage the language into a tool for Africa's future prosperity and solidarity
Our mission is to provide world-class, practical, context-specific teacher training at an affordable price. For our own courses, as well as for our Cambridge and Trinity certificates, we apply international pedagogical standards, and adapt them to the context of local schools and teachers, making our trainees better teachers for their students.
Communicative language teaching has at its core a belief in the role of self-expression and individualism in the learning process: by expressing themselves as they learn, students learn to express themselves in a foreign language. Our role is to create the conditions for communication in the classroom—self-expression in the context of a safe classroom community. We will bring communicative language teaching to Meknes, one classroom at a time.
Our model of teacher training is scalable to all of Morocco, and our goal is to make it scalable to all of Africa. We will not only train teachers, we will train more and more trainers-to run our international and our own courses-and expand to bring high quality language teaching to countries across Africa.
Language and culture are indissociable. Because English is an international language, it is our goal to provide our learners with an international cultural experience. We will reach into the roots of our own culture, and expand to cultures around the world, to bring a truly enriching cultural experience to the inhabitants of Meknes.
Behind every methodology is a philosophy, and language teaching is no different. Modern communicative language teaching has at its core a belief in the role of self-expression and individualism in the learning process: by expressing themselves as they learn, students learn to express themselves.
But no man is a vacuum, especially not in the language classroom. Group dynamics are important, and the relationship with the teacher is vital. Hence the focus on pair and group work in class, and building rapport between the teacher and the student which is based on confidence and trust.
English for Africa’s training programs, and its approach to designing and running CELTA courses, are firmly grounded in this philosophy. The teacher’s role is to create the conditions for communication in the classroom—self-expression in the context of a safe classroom community.
We at English for Africa believe that English should be taught from a global perspective. After all, most conversations in English involve at least one person for whom English is a foreign language; the lessons we teach should reflect this, while being planned and taught to the highest possible standards. Our trainers, following Cambridge’s strict non-discriminatory guidelines, encourage teachers to adapt their lessons to their local contexts. We believe that the language we teach, and the language we train our teachers to teach, should be English as a global language.