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Teacher Simmons Targets Better English Skills

  English teachers in Fiji have a role in teaching not only just the content but also making sure their students grasp the knowledge of English. This is the aim
06 Dec 2018 10:00
Teacher Simmons Targets Better English Skills
Australian Awards Scholarship recipient Jiupili Simmons at the Australian High Commission pre-departure briefing in Tamavua on December 5, 2018. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

 

English teachers in Fiji have a role in teaching not only just the content but also making sure their students grasp the knowledge of English.

This is the aim of 37-year-old Jiupili Simmons, who was the recipient of an Australian Awards Scholarship. Fifty-five students yesterday gathered for a pre-departure briefing at the Australian High Commission in Tamavua, Suva.

“We continue to see this as a problem in the areas of literacy or English,” said Ms Simmons.

“It’s so much about the content but the skills of grasping the English knowledge through listening, speaking, reading and writing that people need to be qualified in so that they can come back and empower people to teach that well.

“It’s the skills that we need to ensure that we teach it properly to the children so that they do pick up the language and subject well in school.”

Ms Simmons is from Namalata Village in the Tikina of Kubulau, Bua. She spent 13 years as an English teacher in secondary schools. After this, Ms Simmons was employed as a Student Learning Specialist at the University of the South Pacific.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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