Interacting with English … in the Cameroon

The good news: I’ve just published an English-language textbook that the education ministry in Cameroon has selected to use in all schools in the country.

The bad news: coronavirus cancelled my trip to the Cameroon.

Let’s stick with the good news and discuss the book. Interactions in English 1ere is an English course for French-speaking students developed by an experienced team of Cameroonian and South Africa educationalists. The communicative approach, which structures the curriculum, is successfully integrated with the tried and tested methods of traditional language teaching. All skills required in the curriculum are covered at an appropriate language level and with content relevant to the student. The book has several exercises in each module with additional activities to help improve student results. We included a useful list of irregular verbs and (bilingual) word lists at the end of the book. 

We divided the book into five modules – Family and social life, Economic life and occupations, Environment, well-being and health, Citizenship and human rights, and Media and communication. Each module has several units, divided into sections on Listening & Speaking, Speech Work, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar and Written. The below table is the plan for one of these units. 

At the end of each module, we included an assessment section, covering the module’s content.

Module 3: Assessment

Some pages from the book:

Hopefully, we’ll be able to start travelling internationally soon, and I’ll visit Cameroon. I hear it is lovely. If you have any tips on what to see in the country let me know in the comments below. My trip to Cameroon will include a workshop with teachers to find out how they are working with this book in the classroom and what needs improving.

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