When I was new to teaching low-literacy adults, I couldn’t figure out how to create a learner-centered environment in a multi-level classroom. After MALP® training with Helaine Marshall and Andrea DeCapua, I was able to use students’ knowledge and skills as resources and develop lesson plans based on learners’ interests and needs. Using MALP® checklists helped me see how to modify what I was already doing to be more effective in the classroom.
Until I was trained in MALP®, I didn’t know about the cultural differences that create obstacles for learners unfamiliar with formal education in the U.S. Understanding the different expectations and priorities that adult students have has transformed my approach to teaching, reduced my anxiety and helped me create a positive classroom environment. Watching how students have become enthusiastic learners as I’ve implemented MALP® has reinvigorated my passion for teaching.
None of my teacher education has been as valuable as my MALP® training in dealing with adult immigrants with limited or interrupted formal education. I not only understand the theory behind MALP®, but I’ve learned how to be flexible in multil-level classrooms and adjust lesson plans in response to learners’ interests and needs. MALP® training has made me a more effective, confident and engaging instructor.
April 4, 2015
You are here: / Testimonials / Nan Frydland