English language fellow at Botho University

Marie Snider from South Carolina, USA, is a visiting lecturer in the Communication and Study Skills Department at Botho University. Marie has been an English teacher for 9 years. She now works as an English Language Fellow, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Georgetown University in the United States.

Before coming to Botswana, Marie worked in Myanmar in South East Asia for 2 years, where she managed a project for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She taught English for Specific Purposes for the Lower Mekong Initiative, as part of the Professional Communication Skills for Leaders programme for Myanmar and Thailand. Marie also taught English as a Second Language in the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, South Carolina and California, USA, in addition to conducting teacher training workshops in California and Haiti. Her expertise is focused on Professional Communication Skills, Study Skills, Writing, Public Speaking and Speech.

Marie arrived in Botswana on January 10th, 2017. During her stay, Marie will lecture in the Communication Study Skills (CSS) department, teach English, conduct staff and faculty development workshops and innovate and improve faculty programmes. She is currently developing an online course called English 2.

Marie speaks highly of Botswana and has settled in well. The highlight is her experience with the people of Botswana. She describes them as helpful and happy people, making her transition a smooth one. She has adopted the native language to make it easier to communicate with people as she engages in fun activities. She plans on going for game drives and mountain biking to explore Botswana. She also attends local events such as “Jam for Brunch” so she can interact more with people.

Her view of the education system in Botswana is that the children are well behaved and the teachers work very hard. Marie recommends that everyone around the world should focus on critical thinking and ensure that what they are reading is factual. In her classes she always makes sure to develop her students’ critical thinking and analysis skills.

Marie received her BA in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and her MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Marie's professional interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning, Intercultural Communication, teaching adult learners, and educational development.