Connecting with Moroccan Teachers of English in Azilal


How many people do you know who don't speak English as their first language? Do you speak a language other than English at home? Or, have you ever tried to learn a foreign language? You might be familiar with the struggles of learning or speaking a language that is not familiar to you. In Morocco, people speak many different languages. In a previous article, I mentioned that Moroccans might speak Amazigh, Moroccan Arabic and French. These are the official languages of Morocco. Also, many Moroccan students are learning English nowadays! As a teacher of English at a university, I've noticed that Moroccan students are excited to learn English! With English, they are able to understand social media, American films and TV shows, and speak to foreigners more easily when they travel abroad. But what about the students that live in rural areas of Morocco? How do they learn English? The conference that I attended was the first step to introducing more Moroccan students to English and native English speakers. 

What community need did I learn about?:

For this conference, I traveled to the town of Azilal. This town was very far away from Rabat. In order to get there, I traveled on a train to Marrakech (about four hours) and then I took a shared taxi for another two and a half hours.