Nyakallo is the Media Works Facilitator at Assmang Beesheok in Postmasburg. With a qualification in Human Resource Management she teaches AET Communication in English Level 3 and 4.
- Why did you become a Media Works Facilitator?
I have a passion for teaching, especially adults.
- How do you structure your lessons?
I start every morning with a spelling test to improve the learners’ vocabulary. After that we practice our tenses to improve their essay writing skills. Once that is done, I explain the new lesson for the day.
- What is the best part of your job?
To see my learners progress and see them able to read or write things they weren’t able to do before. I love hearing about my students lives outside of the classroom. Understanding their backgrounds and what their home life is like allows me to understand them better.
- Tell us about your career before becoming a facilitator.
My first job was at a garage where I worked as a petrol attendant. I then became a cashier and was promoted to a supervisor position. After learning what I could at the petrol station I got the opportunity to work at an electrical company where I was employed as a site clerk. My third job saw me employed as an intern in HR, which led me to becoming a Media Works facilitator.
- What is your top tip on how to focus your learners in class?
I quickly realised that not all learners are the same. There are some who need to be given extra time to complete a task because they battle to stay focused. In those circumstances, after explaining the exercise, I allow them 10 minutes to do something else, then I focus them back to do the exercise at hand.
- What is your top study tip?
Some learners prefer to study on their own, others in a group, while some learn while reading out loud. I encourage learners to find what works best form them. They will learn the most when they study in an environment that makes them comfortable.
Nyakallo is a facilitator who gets the best out of her learners by understanding their individual strengths and needs. What a wonderful example to other facilitators who might be struggling to manage different needs in a classroom.