Teacher Stories: Khaled, Lebanon


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One Day, I’ll be the Best Teacher in the World

Name: Khaled Batouni

Role: English Teacher

Location: Lebanon

Video Transcript (English):

Khaled Batouni from Syria now teaching English in Lebanon. 

First of all, I want to speak about what did I learn from that training with the Edukans and SIDA. 

I teach my students in a traditional way of teaching. I am speaking all the time and my students are listening to what I am saying. But when I get the experience from Edukans and SIDA and learn something new about the worksheets, work in groups. I know how to make my class more active. 

[Khaled] Now, make something with Ahmad. Look at your phone. 

[Khaled and Student]

'Hello, Ahmed.'


'How are you?"

'Mm, I will not come tomorrow.'

'So please tell the students that Mr. Khad will not come tomorrow. Thank you, Ahmad. Goodbye.'

[Student] Okay. The teacher told me that he won't the following day. 

[Khaled writing on the board] Excellent. What did Akmad say? The teacher... told me...

Maybe, as a human, we have to dream. And really, after I got the certificate from the Edukans, and I will get the certified teacher from the American University of Beirut - maybe my imagine [imagination] has ballooned [expanded]. Maybe one day, I become one of the best teachers in the world - not just in Lebanon or Syria or Pakistan but in the world. This is my dream.


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