CLIHM Educator Handbook: Teaching at CLIHM


  1. The average classroom size at CLIHM is 20. Student come from various part of South Sudan and South Sudanese refugee communities in neighboring Uganda and Kenya. Thus, most students might not have their families close by and need to travel only once a year during the long break from the end of November to the beginning of February.
  2. There is only one classroom with a cohort of students currently.
  3. The classroom is three minutes’ walk from the guesthouse.
  4. The classroom is furnished with desks (each sitting two students), a lectern and wall mounted chalkboard. There are power outlets in the classroom for diesel generated electricity which can be arranged on request (with an extra cost for the purchase of diesel).
  1. English is the language of instruction at CLIHM.
  2. Although English has been the official language of South Sudan (introduced in the region during the colonial era), there is a wide gap in English language proficiency among student coming out of 60 ethnic groups in South Sudan. Some of the indigenous languages with the most speakers include Dinka, Nuer, Bari, and Zande. Both English and Juba Arabic, an Arabic pidgin used by several thousand people especially in the capital city of Juba, serve as lingua franca.
  1. CLIHM’s academic calendar, quite unlike schools in the US, begins earlier in February (Feb. 6 or 7) and ends at the end of November. The one-week inter-semester break begins sometime in mid-June.
  2. Visiting professors will choose a course they are qualified to teach from the curriculum provided in CLIHM’s Academic Handbook available both in print and online (see As an instructor, you are required to submit a course syllabus for the academic course that you will teach to CLIHM’s principal. The syllabus includes outline of the subject matter divided into the total number of classes/sessions you teach including student evaluation.
  3. It will be helpful for CLIHM students if you provide each student with your syllabus and any textbook or reader compiled by the instructor (current students, for instance, have A Summary of Christian Doctrine by Ed Koehler, Christian Dogmatics by JT Mueller, The Lutheran Study Bible, and a Webster’s Dictionary). Concordia Publishing House (CPH) will give CLIHM a good discount on any textbook ordered through them.
  4. Most of the time you will have each day for your class to teach. However, there are times when two instructors double up and the day’s schedule is shared with another instructor. This information will be provided by CLIHM’s principal before the beginning of the course (see also appendix B for a typical teaching day and hours Monday through Friday, and suggested activities for Saturday and Sunday).
  1. CLIHM uses a letter grading system (A, B, C, D and F) based on a simple grading scale. The scale can also be flexible taking into consideration individual student’s standing within the cohort.
  2. Instructors are responsible for a prayerful evaluation of each student. Final grades are submitted to the principal of CLIHM at the end of your stint (see appendix C for a sample grade reporting form that will be provided by CLIHM’s principal at the beginning of your teaching period).