Mark Twain Bilingual High School (Córdoba, Argentina)
Summer 2008 Site Review
The Mark Twain Bilingual School is a private institution that offers bilingual education at both primary and secondary levels. There are two main campuses in the northwestern part of the city of Córdoba, Argentina. One is the primary, or elementary, campus, and the other is the middle and high school campus. Mark Twain was founded in 1996 and is modelled after the certificate for secondary education (IGSCE) of the University of Cambridge. It is also affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization.
My position at Mark Twain is a teaching assistant. I work directly with the professor of Business and Management, who teaches both fifth and sixth year students. In more familiar terms, these would be high school Juniors and Seniors. My main duties at Mark Twain are to assist the professor with the coordination and administration of classroom work. Part of the affiliation to the IBO requires that the students write a major research paper, or Internal Assessment. I have spent a great majority of my time at Mark Twain helping the sixth year students with this assignment. While most of my corrections, and recommendations, are concerned with grammar, I also give insight towards the content as well. In addition, I have been required to teach specific topics at times, as well as to administer tests when necessary. Outside of the classroom I eat lunch with the students when my schedule permits, and have also gone on a field trip to the local Arcor chocolate factory. Most importantly, my time here at Mark Twain has been spent providing the students with my insight into Business and Management, as having a degree in Economics, and to share my experiences with them. It is also very valuable to them to have such immediate access to a native English speaker.