• We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
  • We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
  • We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
  • We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
  • Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
  • Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
  • We teach equitably:  not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.
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The Sentinel English Language Institute

is a nonprofit organization that works to improve language instruction and facilitate nonfiction/creative writing in Sierra Leone.

SELI's purposes are based on the belief that when we write our independent thoughts in supportive, collaborative workshops, great strides in learning happen in terms of second-language acquisition, creative thinking, and cultural awareness.

We are dedicated to supporting teachers as they help students write both in extracurricular and in-school settings, and in their mother tongues or in English.

SELI is a project-based educational charity. Implementation of each project depends on financial support from individuals or donor agencies.  Support SELI with your purchase of Fostering Young Writers in Sierra Leone, a book of middle school student personal experiences in Sierra Leone:  https://www.createspace.com/3458058.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:21
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