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We aim for 40 hours of in-class instruction each week. That means 20 hrs per trainer. Therefore, you need to develop a course that will cover your subject, and that will fit into 15-20 hours of instruction. Don't forget to plan for translation if it is necessary. Please plan your class time well. These men make great sacrifices to attend these trainings. And, for many, it is the only training they receive. Give them your best.

It is common for trainers to give their students notes or outlines, however, because this is a Spanish language setting, it would require translation. This is something that is very time-consuming and/or expensive. 

Another reality to keep in mind is that these men are not erudites. They are salt of the earth, low-literacy, practical, humble servants. Some struggle to read. Many struggle to critically read. The best thing you can leave with them is not a set of notes, but sound, practical, and memorable teaching that they can immediately apply. 

How do you make teaching memorable for these sorts of folks? Well, it is best if you can use pneumonic devices such as stories, colors, metaphors, songs, hand gestures, illustrations, analogies.  For example, we just sent a trainer to Vietnam to teach church planting. His entire course was framed by relating church planting to rice planting. Every step corresponded to what you do to plant rice (something with which they were very familiar). 

Don't teach the way you like to be taught. Teach the way these men need to be taught.

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