SIS News Archive
Chances are you've heard about a little student organization in SIS called TASSEL. We've been a staple at events such as the Winter Bazaar and Fashion Show, but have you ever wanted to know more?
Andrew Ahn and I are the heads of the SIS chapter of TASSEL and assisting us in leading TASSEL this year is junior, Sydney Sears. TASSEL, which stands for Teaching and Sharing Skills to Enrich Lives, is an organization that provides English education to children in Cambodia over VSEE, a video-calling service. This organization was initially started by a man named Joji Tatsugi and has spread to other countries, including Japan, Korea, the United States and thanks to us, China. In the summer of 2015, Andrew and I both showed interest in starting a TASSEL chapter in our school after hearing about it from other international schools. We started with 12 members in the beginning of 2015, and we are continuing to grow every year.
When the teaching season starts in December, our chapter teaches every school day, with a pair of students teaching in different time slots. These classes last approximately 40-50 minutes and we teach the children phonetics through powerpoints and different games. Using the powerpoints, we read sentences and the students repeat after us. We also have a bank of games that we play which the students love. These vary from speaking games to listening games. We are lucky enough to be supplied powerpoints by Joji that we use to teach the kids, but we, as teachers, normally meet beforehand to reflect on how the previous class went and adjust our teaching from there. One of the most important parts of teaching is filling in our teaching log, which allows us to reflect on classes and learn from other pairs who taught the same class.
Starting this year, TASSEL is also expanding to provide writing tutors to the children in Cambodia. Some of our members will be assigned to read and correct some of the Cambodian children and even the Cambodian teacher assistants' work!
Apart from teaching, one of our main goals as a chapter is to fundraise for the Cambodian kids and the teacher assistants in the village. The money we raise is used to provide the kids with their basic necessities (food, water, medicine) and to provide salaries for the Cambodian teacher assistants who assist us by translating in the teaching village. Last year, we raised funds multiple ways. We had a booth during Winter Bazaar and with STUCO's help, did a few bake sales during the school year. The money from the fashion show also went to TASSEL last year. This raised us a total of 10,500 RMB!
We will be partaking in the Winter Bazaar and have managed to get the sponsorship of the Fashion Show again this year. We are hoping to continue to grow and spread TASSEL's message throughout the school and hopefully get the community more involved in helping us improve the Cambodian children's lives. We can't wait to see what we accomplish as a group this year and how we'll impact the lives of our future students!
Francesca Tinga & Andrew Ahn