Praktis ~ “Teaching” English

Posted on February 10, 2009


Maybe this is part of my family of origin contemplation ~ meditation for this Full Moon in Leo?  🙂

(Do I consider myself an English teacher?  Or an English Language Arts teacher?  Or a critical literacy & writing teacher?  I have to say the latter…I feel like my identity of knowing English arises from that place more strongly.  BUT, that’s not to say I wouldn’t like to explore this opportunity below to teach English in India!  Wow, Motherland Southeast Asia trip planning takin’ me in all kinds of directions!)


I’ll return to this posting later on and let it just be for right now

Breathing in, I smile…

Breathing out, I receive the gentle signs of the Friendly Universe…

May the winds be favorable…




Job Description
Volunteer English as a Second Language Teachers
Himachal Pradesh, India

We are seeking full-time male ESL teachers to teach monks at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute (DKCLI), Chauntra (H.P.). The monks at the Institute are following a ten year traditional course of study in Buddhist philosophy. English has recently been added to the curriculum, along with computer skills.

Over 90 monks, aged 20 – 35, are currently enrolled in five beginner to intermediate level courses in the Institute’s English language program. The program’s five-year curriculum aims to give students a solid start in the language and includes both skills-based and grammar components. Popular Cambridge University Press course books form the basis of each class, supplemented by graded reading sets and CD-ROM based materials.

Under supervision and guidance of the principal English teacher, volunteer teachers will
•  prepare and teach  two one-hour classes per day, Monday – Friday
•  write and administer tests for each unit of study (approx two tests per month for each class)
•  record attendance and assessment details in database
•  prepare a small report on student progress in each class at the end of the work period, to assist transfer to the incoming  teacher.

• Accommodation and meals are provided in the monastery; and
•  A stipend of 2,000 rps month to assist with expenses

Preference will be given to people who have:
•  a teaching qualification or relevant degree, and/or
•  experience teaching English as a second language.
•  Teachers need to be native English speakers.

If you have relevant qualifications or experience, and would be interested in being involved in the English language program at DKCLI, please email Suzie Erbacher with your CV (please include two references).

Please note:  Volunteers will need to make a commitment to work with the program for at least 3 months, preferably longer. Commencement dates can be negotiated.

Useful web links:
1.    Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute –

2.    Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Siddhartha’s Intent

3.    Khyentse Foundation

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