• 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.
"Five Writing Lessons" Needs Tutors!
Written by Jackie Leigh
Saturday, 24 March 2012 11:01
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The Sentinel English Language Institute (SELI) is resuming its Five Writing Lessons programme begun a year ago with Kuranko and Krio, in which five writing lessons are offered free of charge in each Sierra Leonean language. The students in this programme are educated adults who wish they could write stories or poems in their mother tongues but do not know the correct spelling.

SELI is seeking tutors for the Five Writing Lessons programme in all Sierra Leonean languages. If you feel that you are qualified to teach native speaking adults to write in your language and would like to participate in the Five Writing Lessons programme, please call SELI at +232 76 547540 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The students will already speak the language well; they just need to learn how to write it.

Five Writing Lessons supports mother tongue literature, whose importance is celebrated throughout the world every February 21st on International Mother Language Day. As a tutor in the Five Writing Lessons programme, you will be doing a great service to your culture by enabling authors to write in your language. An honorarium will be paid to the successful tutors upon completion of the initial student interview and the five lessons.

Five Writing Lessons is part of the Heritage Writers project. SELI's goals in offering the Five Writing Lessons program are

  • to encourage girls and boys/women and men to take pride in their mother languages, and see themselves as potential authors,
  • to develop teams who will continue to support each other in writing stories, poems, personal experiences, and so on in their own languages,
  • to help develop indigenous-language literature in Sierra Leone,
  • to help prevent the dying-out of languages and cultures in Sierra Leone, and
  • to demonstrate that improving our mother-tongue literacy also improves our reading and writing in other languages, such as English.

At the end of the five writing lessons, each class is encouraged to develop an independent writing group that will meet regularly. The Kuranko writing group, Tanyarɛ,has been meeting. These mother tongue writing group members may word-process their writing at SELI.

With funding, SELI would like to move on to the next program of the Heritage Writers project:  Heritage Books.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:24
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