Since March 2020 and the first cases of Covid-19 in Myanmar, the LFIR and the French Embassy in Myanmar have closely monitored the situation. For the sake of safety, the school has decided to set up remote learning in order to ensure safe pedagogical continuity.
Despite the success of the campus assessment at the health and safety checks organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the school, like all educational establishments in the city, was unable to reopen its doors in September 2020.
Remote learning, redesigned and reorganized, resumed at the start of the September 2020 school year for students from kindergarten to high school, and will continue until the Ministry authorizes the establishment to welcome its students again.
Most of the teaching is done by video, via the Zoom platform, for three to six hours a day (from kindergarten to high school).
Training in digital tools, for parents, was set up with Florian FAURE, Physics teacher and manager of digital tools at LFIR.
For all levels, video lessons take place mainly in the morning. The afternoons are devoted to learning in autonomy with the instructions given by the teachers.
The specificity of kindergarten classes
Parents and teachers alike know that keeping a child focused in front of a computer in class, while trying to limit the number of hours of screen exposure is a challenge. This is why the teaching team has established a special teaching program for kindergartens. The emphasis is on manual activities, oral exchange with the teacher and kindergarten assistant in English and French, one-to-one conversations, and sport. Students progress at their own pace, following the program defined by the French Ministry of National Education.
In preschool and primary school, Wednesdays are devoted to subjects such as art, English and Burmese. Individual follow-ups in FLE / FLsco or with the main teacher can also be set up.
Every afternoon and every Wednesday, a homework assistance service is available for students.
For middle school and high school students, some afternoons are intended for fundamental subjects.
Sports activity is also a priority. A sports program via Zoom, live or replayed, is organized by our sports teams.
For students who are still abroad
Students who have not yet been able to reach Myanmar have expressed whether or not they wish to benefit from remote learning and support. The teachers contacted the students concerned to explore the possibilities (additional visioconferences compatible with the student’s time zone, dedicated support).
As the Zoom video tool allows for a lot of flexibility, teachers can create working groups with a dedicated educational assistant or another teacher during their class hours. This flexibility allows students to gravitate around their main course, and, without disconnecting, to benefit from individual help in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) or in English, to work independently or in groups on a specific subject, or, for the youngest, to enjoy a one-to-one session with their ASEM (kindergarten assistant).
The aim of the teaching team is to make the classes as lively and dynamic as possible, so that the student can follow their course with enthusiasm and participate actively. For younger children, the ability to navigate between different “virtual classrooms” while letting the teacher manage the computer manipulations helps make the course more fluid and fun.
Each class has its own timetable and teaching tools. As we get used to remote learning, students and teachers alike have learned to master these devices online. Lessons, evaluations, exchanges with the teacher and between students, demonstrations, activities: there is a tool for every need.
In kindergarten and primary school, the LFIR can lend a digital tablet to families who need it. In secondary school, the computer equipment used is similar to face-to-face teaching. College students all have a Chromebook, loaned by the LFIR for the duration of the school year. As for high school students, they work with their own laptops.
Every day, a call center is available to respond to emergencies (problems connecting to classes, missing documents, etc.). Families are also called regularly to provide an update on how school at home is going, and to gather requests.
A remote homework help service is available to students of all ages, in English or French, to help them after class. Students make an appointment with one of the assigned staff at a time and day of their convenience and work together on homework.
Homework help is also a privileged moment between pupil and adult which enables a precise understanding of the pupil’s needs.
Every weekend, the homework help team meets with students in middle school / high school classes for a discussion without teachers or parents, in order to listen to them make their own assessment of the past week. Positive points, necessary improvements, difficulties encountered, progress observed: every subjects gets discussed and everyone’s testimony is taken into account, to constantly adapt remotelearning to their needs.
The teams on site collect and print the documents needed for remote learning each week, and drop them off at the security post at the school entrance before the weekend. Parents can come and collect their child’s file until Monday morning.
The LFIR media library has grown wheels! The school car has been transformed into a bookstore on wheels, and goes to the homes of families who request it in order to offer students new reading material. There is something for all tastes, all ages and all languages.
We know that students sometimes find it difficult to keep busy outside of school hours. This is why we offer a dedicated tab on our site, entitled “Activities for the home” (to be published soon) which brings together all the resources collected by our teams and presented in the special “Remote learning” newsletters for 2019/2020. Manual activities, podcasts, documentaries, Youtube channels, sports activities, relaxation tips… Families are invited to take a tour in search of new ideas.