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Shona L1
Teacher: Mrs. E Chindabata
Number of years teaching: 34years
Teaching Shona at MCS: 17years

Two major highlights are our "Annual Heritage Day" and our "Zimbabwe Ruins field trip". Heritage Day: we dedicate the entire day to celebrating and sharing our knowledge of the Shona language and culture. It is a thrilling event not to be missed!!!

I love working with children because of the energy and life that they possess. They are hungry for knowledge and eager to participate and experience new things. I feel completely free to laugh, play and have fun with my classes.
Knowledge of the Shona Language and culture is absolutely vital in Zimbabwe today. Not only does it help with everyday communication, it enables a better understanding and acceptance of those around you. Relating becomes easier and more enjoyable.
One of my personal goals is to tear down any negative attitudes that students may have towards learning Shona. I work hard to build pride in our national language and culture because I know that this will build stronger unity and tolerance. It excites me to see students grasp and utilise Shona as a second language. Our lessons come alive with music, songs, dance, cooking exercises, dress up occasions, skits, poetry and field trips. 
Knowledge of the Shona language and culture is a powerful tool to possess and make use of. Let us remember to be proud and celebrate who we are, and the rich heritage of our people.
When a child joins Midlands Christian School, they are individually assessed to gauge their knowledge and previous exposure to Shona. Based on their performance, they are placed into either an L1 or L2 class. This enables them to settle into the lessons comfortably, and gives them the suitable environment to grow. Their performance is continually assessed, and they can be moved up or down- depending on their abilities and needs.  We celebrate progress in the use and understanding of Shona by issuing weekly Merit Badges in Assembly. Special Awards and Prizes are given out at our annual MCS Speech Night. We also have our prestigious Grade 7 Shona trophy given annually to the most outstanding Shona student.