John Mark King

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VOLUNTEER INFO


Volunteer:

John Mark King

Country:

Uzbekistan (2001)

Primary-Site:

Khiva

Sector/Work:

TEFL

John Mark King began Peace Corps training on January 22, 2001 in Chirchik, Uzbekistan and completed the three-month training program. The training program included:

Uzbek language: 97 hours Cross-cultural: 17 hours Uzbekistan was a republic in the Soviet Union more than 70 years. It gained independence in 1991. The country is made up primarily of Uzbeks, but also has Tajik, Kazakh, Russian, Korean, and Tartar minority ethnic groups. The primary religion is Islam. The official language is Uzbek. Cross-cultural sessions included such topics as customs, holidays, traditions, history, and the differences/similarities between our own culture and the Uzbek culture. Technical: 32 hours This training centered on teaching English as a foreign language to elementary school children. He learned both American and Uzbek methods of teaching and how to encourage new methods that work with, instead of against, that which is pre-established. He was taught specific methodology and encouraged to experiment.

Health and Safety: 16 hours Administrative: 16 hours Teaching Practicum: 10 hours

In addition to these formal "classroom" sessions, self-directed and independent learning activities played a major role in training, including reading assignments and community contact assignments. These activities promoted immersion into the local culture and were designed to improve problem-solving, linguistic and adaptation skills.

At the completion of training, a certified ACTFL examiner tested John Mark King. At the time, he scored Intermediate Low in conversational Uzbek.

John Mark King was enrolled in the Peace Corps on March 30, 2001. He was responsible to the Ministry of Education during his service. He served as an Elementary English teacher assigned to Khiva. He taught for two months at Khiva School No. 8 with English teacher Roza Ataeva. Together, they taught 2nd-4th grade.

In September, because he was more interested in teaching older students, he changed schools and began teaching at Khiva Pedagogical College. His students were ages 17-20 who were training to be teachers and tour guides. There, he worked with English teacher Sayora Yakubova.

He reported directly to Zoya Korzakova, Peace Corps Uzbekistan’s Primary Education program manager, even when he taught at the college. He was responsible for teaching the following courses:

Khiva School No. 8 (April, June 2001): Subject: Grade/Level: No. of Students: Hours per wk. Basic English 2nd-4th grades, about 120 students 16




Khiva Pedagogical College (September 2001): Subject: Grade/Level: No. of Students: Hours per wk. Basic English 1st-4th year, 15-20 students two English for Teachers 1st-4th year, 20-40 students five English for Tour Guides 1st-4th year, 20-40 students five

In addition to these hours, John Mark King also tutored two young English teachers who worked at School No. 8. They met at least three times a week for one hour between May and September 2001.

Community Development Projects • English Language Summer Camps: John Mark King also took part in two English language camps in summer 2001. The first was a week-long primary education day camp for students at an elementary school in Urgench, a large city near Khiva. At that camp, he taught English to about 100 students using games, songs and drama.

The second was a 10-day G.L.O.W. camp (Girls Leading Our World) for young girls from all parts of the Khorezm region. It was an overnight camp and took place in Urgench. At that camp, he taught Creative Writing and Kickball. The primary goal of this English language camp was teamwork and self-esteem building.

• Tourism Development: Before being evacuated, John Mark King also started a project and began planning several others, mostly centered on tourism development for Khiva’s historic old city, the “Ichan Kalla.” First, he had begun writing a collection of brochures about the main craftsmen in the old city, including puppet makers, woodworkers, painters, seamstresses, carpet weavers and others. They were to be written in English to provide tourists with a better idea and understanding of the importance of certain crafts to the city and its history. One brochure was completed. His unofficial counterpart for this project was Rustam Kuryazov, who was a puppet maker working out of the Khiva Craft Center.

The other main project idea was a proposed puppet/dance/dramatic theater for tourists designed based on an extensive tourist survey that was to be conducted in October and November 2001.

Additional Uzbek Language Training: John Mark King also continued learning Uzbek after training. He saw a tutor three to four times per week for one hour who taught him both literary Uzbek and Khorezm dialect Uzbek. He practiced his Uzbek four to five days per week for several hours in addition to being tutored.

This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order No. 11103 of 10 April 1963, that John Mark King served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His service ended on October 3, 2001. Because he didn’t serve for at least one year, he is not eligible to be appointed as a career-conditional employee in the competitive civil service on a non-competitive basis.

Pursuant to Section 5 (f) of the Peace Corps Act, 22 U.S.C. No. 2504 (f) as amended, any former Volunteer employed by the United States Government following his/her Peace Corps service is entitled to have any period of satisfactory Peace Corps Volunteer service credited for purposes of retirement, seniority, reduction-in force, leave or other privileges based on length of government service. Peace Corps service shall not be credited toward completion of a probationary or trial period or completion of any service requirement for career appointment.

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