• 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.
Who We Are
Sentinel English Language Institute
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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 22:33
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The Sentinel English Language Institute (SELI) is a nonprofit educational organization which aims through participatory second language programs to improve instructional effectiveness in Sierra Leone.

SELI's purposes are

  • to promote excellence in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages in Sierra Leone
  • to support multiculturalism
  • to nurture process writing and critical thinking as life-long habits


SELI is a project-driven educational organization whose directors have a long term commitment to Sierra Leone.  It depends on gifts and grants to carry out its work.  The on-site director is a U.S.-qualified school administrator and teacher of English to speakers of other languages, who has had many years experience in education in Sierra Leone.  SELI is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) public charity, EIN #26-0595093.  It is registered with Sierra Leone's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

No person shall be denied the benefits of any SELI educational program or activity on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or gender.


English is the language of instruction in schools in Sierra Leone, and for nearly all students, is their second or third language.  SELI  offers professional development in process writing and ESL teaching strategies and workshops for teachers interested in conducting process writing extracurricular clubs in junior secondary schools in Sierra Leone.  SELI facilitates these clubs, mentors teachers conducting them, encourages the development of teacher writing groups, and encourages writing in mother languages in Sierra Leone.  SELI also teaches ESL lessons to speakers of other languages.


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What Will the Future Hold?
Written by Administrator
Monday, 11 August 2008 22:13
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SELI hopes to become increasingly involved with schools interested in integrating process writing (which involves its participants in speaking, listening, reading and writing) into the instruction of all subjects in the curriculum in Sierra Leone.

In the future, finances permitting, SELI will be

  • Engaged in research to learn how process writing can best be integrated into all subject areas in the curriculum,

  • Developing instructional and assessment tools for integrating ESL process writing into all subject areas,

  • Carrying out professional development workshops and inservicing to support teachers who want to bring best practice in writing and reading instruction into the curriculum in their subject areas, and

  • Working with school principals who consider the communities they serve as their educational partners in producing student learning growth.

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