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English As A Second Language – Ninth Class

Mike teaching our last ESL classToday was our ninth and final day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin have taught ESL classes for 2 ½ months.
 
Mike taught the first hour. He focused the whole hour on our student’s favorite topic…English idioms (tricky, sleep on it, etc.). After that hour the entire group of 60+ students and 8 teachers got together for a multicultural potluck. Everyone brought a food from their own country. We loved sampling the Costa Rican dishes. Erin’s pumpkin pie was a hit. The fellowship, music and food were wonderful.
 
We are so very pleased that we spent the last 10 weeks teaching this class. ESL is a ministry we hope to replicate in Honduras. The lessons we learned were invaluable.

English As A Second Language – Eighth Class

Erin teaching ESLToday was the eighth day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin have been teaching ESL classes for over two months. There were 60 students in attendance at the class today. Mike and Erin’s class had 10 students.
 
In the first hour Erin taught an activity on listening skills. She read a paragraph to the group and then asked the students about details from what was read. She concluded the class with a lesson on proper use of conjunctions. Mike started the second hour by having several students work on their reading skills by having them read Bible passages out loud. He then concluded the class with a lesson on English idioms (in the red, kid,  etc.).
 
Next week is our last class. This has been such a wonderful experience. We conclude our teaching of ESL next week with a special closing class that we are very excited about.

English As A Second Language – Seventh Class

Erin teaching ESL classToday was the seventh day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin are teaching ESL classes for two and a half months. There were 60 students in attendance at the class today. Mike and Erin’s class had 10 students.
 
Mike started the class by having several students work on their reading skills by having them read Bible passages out loud. He then concluded the first hour with a lesson on English idioms (blew his top, call it a day, etc.). In the second hour Erin started by teaching an activity on listening skills. She read a passage from the Bible to the group and the students wrote down all the verbs they heard. She concluded the class with a lesson on gerunds (walking or talking) vs. infinitives (to walk or to talk). Another great class.
 
Only two more weeks of class. Man, how time flies.

English As A Second Language – Sixth Class

Mike teaching ESL classToday was the sixth day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin are teaching ESL classes for two and a half months. There were 70 students in attendance at the class today.  Mike and Erin’s class had 16 students.
 
Mike taught a wonderful class this evening. The students began by reading two verses each from the English Bible. Mike defined difficult words and corrected pronunciation. This provided for wonderful theological discussions. The students then took a 20 question “quiz” that provided common Spanish to English translation errors (example: She’s a friend of us.) This raised many additional questions and good discussion. The class was then concluded with a 15 minute discussion of idiomatic phrases (example: I am fed up, or, you will get used to it). The class absolutely loved this topic and pleaded to have a greater discussion during the next class.
 
Next week is Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Costa Rica shuts down during this time. So, we will not have ESL next week. We look forward to returning in two weeks.

English As A Second Language – Fifth Class

Erin teaching ESLToday was the fifth day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin are teaching ESL classes for two and a half months. There were 80 students in attendance at the class today. Mike and Erin’s class had 18 students.
 
Erin taught the ESL class this evening and the students had a great time.  Erin taught on irregular past tense (take vs. took) and past participles (had taken). She brought out the “mystery box”. This is a shoe box containing an item that a student must stand in front of class to describe.  This turned out to be great exercise. Erin concluded the class by giving each student the gift of an English Bible.  Their homework is to be prepared to read two verses in class next week.
 
This was the first time we taught in the AMCA house following their victory over a legal issue.  This is a wonderful facility with a much more quite and classroom like environment.