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- Teacher’s Workshop: Let’s Get Better for a Better HAIThe second annual teacher’s workshop was held at the HAI in the beginning of June as part of a yearly event to hone the skills of the Haitian-American Institute’s “finest of the fine,” as HAI President Mrs. Convery refers to the teachers of the oldest established English language institute in Haiti.
Much effort was put into the planning, organization and execution of the workshop, entitled LET’S GET BETTER FOR A BETTER HAI, and which was led by HAI Academic Head Mr. Kennel Joseph. Many topics were covered, including grammar, method, and other stimulating and diverse activities.
During the first 45 minutes of the workshop, Mr. Joseph did three fun activities related to pronunciation. From 10 a.m. to 11:30, the teachers were grouped acccording to the levels they usually teach and were tasked with changing or making changes to some exams. From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the teachers were tasked with writing a syllabus for our SPOKEN ENGLISH and PRACTICAL ENGLISH CLASSES. Also, the interview questions at the end of these classes in lieu of final exams were prepared and standardized so as to serve as guidelines for any other teachers willing to teach them. At the end of the workshop, teachers took turns sharing with their peers some vocabulary and grammar games.
It was a successful workshop. Mr. Joseph could not have been any happier for its success.
- Two Artists’ Tribute to the HAI’s #75HAI President Mrs. Patricia Convery (center) meets with the two artistswho painted a lovely tribute to the Haitian-American Institute in honor of its 75th anniversary last year: Mr. Ralphe Junior Labrousse (on the left) and Mr. Mictyl Sanon (on the right). Both of the multi-talented artists are also learning English at the HAI. We appreciate their artistry and school spirit!
- Summer Enrichment Program for Young Adults is Here!
The Haitian-American Institute is the place this Summer for children and young adults aged 8 through 16 to learn English. In addition to the regular Summer Weekday Young Adults program, we are offering a Special Summer Session in the form of a Package Deal that will keep the young students busy with exciting, structured and memorable activities.
From Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will enjoy a nutritious lunch, English and Math classes, movies, games and interactive activities.
These Summer Weekday Young Adults programs begin July 10 and run through August 31, 2018. Registration is open now, sign up today!
For more information, please see the flyer below, in French and English, and visit the class page by clicking here.
- Summer Enrichment Program for Young Adults
On Saturday, May 5, a meeting was held for parents outside the D-LICIOUS Snackbar to outline the Summer Enrichment Program for Young Adults.
Many parents came with much enthusiasm and interest in the special PACKAGE DEAL program that begins on 10 July and runs through 24 August.
We are still working on the details of this Summer Enrichment Program which will incorporate new ideas to make this a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
More to follow!
- New Horizons Raffle Huge Success
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, HAI President Mrs. Convery, Director General Mr. David,
Head of Academic Department Mr. Joseph, distinguished Member of the Board Dr. Mathurin, and honored guest Mr. Joel Trimble conducted the first ever New Horizons Raffle at the Haitian-American Institute. The raffle came together smoothly and was initiated to honor the Haitian-American Institute’s 76th year of service to the community.
First place winner received a Chromebook laptop computer. Second place winner received a full scholarship for the July session. Third place winner received a 3,000 Gourdes meal voucher for the D-Licious Snack Bar & Kitchen.
- Teacher of the Session…And the Winner is…
Mr. Samuel Victor is the proud winner of the first Teacher of the Session contest!
May he, and the winners of the three remaining contests this year, continue to work hard to fine-tune their teaching skills so they are in a position to win the big prize at the end of the year!
A special congratulations was sent by HAI President, Mrs. Patricia Convery.
- Mr. Joseph Goes to Chicago
The HAI is very pleased to announce that Mr. Kenel Joseph, Head of the Academic Department, has merited the all expense paid trip to Chicago, Illinois, to attend the 2018 TESOL Conference being held on 27-30 March. Congratulations, Mr. Joseph!
The annual TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference in an incomparable venue for teaching professions from all over the world to meet with one another, exchange ideas and best practices, make friends and contacts, and learn valuable skills to “advance excellence in English language teaching”, to quote the TESOL mission.
The HAI is excited to be offering this opportunity as part of our ongoing celebrations of our 75th-plus anniversary.
- Teacher of the Session Contests will lead to Teacher of the Year!
As celebrations and innovations continue in this, the 76th year of the Haitian-American Institute, plans are well underway to conduct three Teacher of the Session contests this year–in April, July, and October–to honor and recognize our dedicated and amazing teachers!
To compete for Teacher of the Session, a teacher must be assigned at least five regular classes Monday through Thursday, for a total of 20 hours weekly.
Other factors will be considered, such as punctuality, attendance, overall performance and classroom management. As all teachers know, the core of their success as an educator is based on how well she/he presents the material–is it fun to learn? Are students organized in pairs and group work activities? How well are they supervised and how is error correction handled? What about the teacher’s rapport with the students?
The Academic Head, Mr. Kenel Joseph, will pay unannounced visits to the nominees’ classes to determine whether the above criteria are maintained in the classroom. He will observe and grade the teacher accordingly. The winner will get a Teacher of the Session certificate and will also be acknowledged on the HAI campus, the HAI website and Facebook page.
Last but not least, each session winner will automatically be entered in the Teacher of the Year contest. The lucky winner of the Teacher of the Year contest will win an all expenses paid trip to attend 2019 TESOL Conference being held in Washington, DC.
This is to say, thank you, TEACHERS, for all you do. Good luck!!!
- New Session Begins April 9th!
The new session is just around the corner…have you heard the BIG NEWS?
If you register by April 22 and pay your tuition in full, you will receive an entry in the NEW HORIZONS RAFFLE! Just another great reason to learn English at the Haitian-American Institute!
- Concert in the Grand Hall
As part of the ongoing celebrations of the Haitian-American Institute’s 75th Anniversary of service this year, a concert featuring
classical pianist Micheline Laudun Denis and violinist Victoria Joseph was held in the Grand Hall on August 24. Included in the audience were many of the young adults from the Summer Young Adults Program, and word is they behaved themselves quite nicely while being treated to an inspiring and beautiful performance by two of Haiti’s premier musicians.
Congratulations to everyone who helped make this event a success!