Appalachian State University conducted two six-week training programs for 30 Pakistani secondary-level biology teachers. The programs were conducted in Boone, North Carolina in July/August 2007 and July/August 2008. The programs involved university faculty from multiple fields and made optimal use of the university's strong partnership with Ashe, Avery, and Watauga school districts. The training programs contributed to the important goal of developing science and educational technology skills while strengthening the English proficiency of Pakistani secondary-level biology teachers.
The programs were conceptually divided into two parts: (1) a four-week on-campus program that provided intensive training in biology, science teaching methodology, educational technology, and English as a Second Language, and (2) a final two-week internship in which participants team-teach biology classes in local schools.
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