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Jan. 10, 2023

S3 2.0 The "Buddy System"

A native Belizean, working in Malaysia, Alberto August shares his experience of successfully creating classroom buddy systems to enhance the learning environment. Listen to how his students empower and engage each other, to succeed at learning English, while working as 'buddies'. Integrating the Buddy System in your class can be very effective with TPR (Total Physical Response); reading, and peer-editing activities. Join us to hear more details!

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Alberto August shares his success with using a ‘buddy system’ in his classes. He shares how buddies motivate one another and build a supportive classroom community. Buddies can also be used for informal assessments and peer-editing. Learn more tips with Alberto as he shares how buddies empower one another to succeed in their language acquisition.

Top Tips: 

  • Buddies provides motivation
  • Buddies support each others’ learning
  • Empowers students to be ‘teachers’
  • Offers Informal assessment
  • Builds classroom community & relationships
  • Useful for TPR; charades; reading & peer-editing

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Alberto Luis August

Assistant Professor

Alberto Luis August is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies with the School of Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). He is the founder and owner of La Isla Cariñosa Academy, a preschool and elementary school in Belize. For 3 years, he served as the Dean of the School of Education at Galen University where he successfully re-launched a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education program for educators. For 4 years, he carried out the role of Assistant Professor and the National Coordinator for the Teachers’ Internship program at the University of Belize. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate modules in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Singapore with UNM. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Master Degree in Secondary Education from the University of North Florida. He has 30 years of teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and tertiary level of education.