I’m pleased to say that last week I was able to complete the first rough draft of my education research methods assignment. It’s pretty rough-but that’s why it’s called a rough draft! Along with continuing to put my nose to the grind, I found a delightful pastry in a delightful supermarket (which means a lot) and I got to visit the Eastern region-the third region of Ghana I’ve visited! Here’s a look at last week's activities.
For my education research methods term paper, I’m researching variables that affect Ghanaian adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the classroom setting. The idea for the research developed out of observing basic adult learners in the natural (classroom) setting. Last week, I was able to gain the permission of these students and the professor to distribute a questionnaire to explore my research questions. I received some very helpful information from the students. After I explained what the questionnaire was about, the instructor told me he needed to explain again because the students said I had spoken too fast for them to understand. As I was about to say okay, I realized that I needed to learn to communicate with the local people more effectively, so I asked him to let me try again. When I did, I spoke more slowly and tried to use simpler words. This time, they nodded their heads, smiled, and understood what I was saying! It made me feel like less of an outsider once I was able to communicate effectively with them.
|Thankful for this ESL class' participation for my research study term paper, October 15, 2014|
After Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) on Tuesday evening, my friend and I stopped by a supermarket for a bite to eat. I had heard of this nice swanky supermarket but hadn’t had a chance to go inside. I was very pleased to see Halloween decorations on the door! When we walked in, walls were laced with spider webs and skeleton heads. I thought the store must be owned by Americans since Americans are the main ones who celebrate Halloween. My friend, John was explaining that Ghanaians don’t even celebrate Halloween-how sad! The store was small but nicely laid out with with a deli, bakery, produce, and a canned goods section. The pastries in the bakery were really lovely! I mentioned several posts back that finding sweets is very difficult here; pastries, cakes, and the most beautiful breads taste like water. However, when I saw a lovely apple pastry displayed in the window, I knew I had to take a chance. To my surprise, when I got home, heated a piece and tasted it, I was absolutely shocked. It was so sweet, so rich, and so wonderful! It was the sweetest thing I’ve had since I landed in Ghana, and it was absolutely delicious! It was a pleasant break from the typical foods that I usually eat here (rice, chicken, and yam). It’s nice to know that I’ve found a nice place to have some sweet eats!
|YES, October 15, 2014|
|Nkakum in the Eastern region-a nice break from the dusty hustle and bustle of Accra, October 18, 2014|
The weeks here continue to be laced with papers and responsibilities. Slowly but surely, I’m working my way out of the assignments. I can only imagine what I’ll see and do next week!