AEI English Language Lab in Libreville
The Gabon-Oregon Center proudly launched its English Language Lab (Laboratoire de Langue) in June 2015 in collaboration with the AEI. Located at AFRAM, a school in the capital Libreville, the Lab provides English language trainings for Gabon's English teachers and students of English. The lab also hopes to provide English for Academic Purposes for students interested in studying in Anglophone universities and working on research with Anglophone colleagues.
Since its launch, the new Language Lab in Libreville has seen a flurry of new activity and trainings in partnership with the AEI. In August 2015, the Lab held a new English Teacher Training entitled "Teaching Tools Course 1". Another teacher training took place from September 7-18, 2015 for English teachers at the Gabonese "Ecole Normale Supérieure" who wished to learn new English teaching techniques and online tools in preparation for the opening of a second Language Lab at their school. The Language Lab in Libreville has also announced an upcoming training in "English for Specific Purposes", to be held from October 5, 2015 until December 11, 2015. A number of professionals in Gabon, including academics and journalists, have signed up for this course in order to improve their English skills as required by their professions.
In an effort to support the growing number of courses and teacher trainings offered at the Language Lab, the Gabon-Oregon Center and American English Institute selected an intern, Ms. Tiffany VanPelt, to be based in Gabon from September 2015 to March 2016. Ms. VanPelt was a recent graduate from the Language Teaching Specialization program, a Masters program in the Department of Linguistics which enjoys a long-standing relationship with the AEI. Her primary focus was to train the Lab's Gabonese trainers in AEI-specific techniques and methods, and assist with courses offered.
The Language Lab is managed and run by Gabonese trainers, Academic Director Brenda Ngwana, Academic Director Dona Epembia, and Assistant Academic Director Ygor Ndong N'na. For more information on the Language Lab in Libreville, please visit the website for the Labo de Langue.