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English As A Second Language – Fourth Class

Today was the fourth 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.
 
Mike taught a one hour section on contractions. This was a very interesting section. There are only two examples of contractions existing in Spanish, but, hundreds in English. In English the use of contractions is very common and a good indicator of an advanced English speaker. Listen to yourself talk. English natives almost always say “I can’t” instead of “I can not” or “he’ll be there” instead of “he will be there”. This was a difficult topic for the students to grasp, but, well worth the effort. In the second hour we worked on common job interview questions and related vocabulary. This was a topic that the students requested in the beginning of the 10 week course.
 
There is some additional good news to report. Our weekly classes have been held in an overcrowded, noisy, and rented facility. But, starting next week our classes will be moved to a great facility, the AMCA house. AMCA, the organizers of the ESL classes, has been suffering through legal battles with the city and has not been able to use their building. We are happy to relay that they have won their legal matters and have been cleared to move back in.

English As A Second Language – Third Class

Erin teaching ESLToday was the third 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 90 students in attendance at the class today. Mike and Erin’s class had 18 students.
 
Erin taught about common grammatical errors. She also lead the group in a game of 20 questions. This was a big hit and required great thought on behalf of the students. There was also a lesson on common travel terms. Each student was asked to pick a vacation destination and describe their mode of transport, destination, packing list, travel concerns, etc. This was a topic that the students requested and resulted in much discussion.
 
This was another great class. We are learning equally as much about ESL instruction as the students are learning about English. We look forward to next week.

English As A Second Language – Second Class

Mike at ESL classToday was the second 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 90 students in attendance at the class today (up from 50 last week). Mike and Erin’s class had 18 students.
 
Each person told who they were and why they wanted to learn English.  This helped determine each student’s English knowledge. Next, each student was asked to wright down specific topics they wanted covered in class (travel, slang, business, past tense, etc.).  This will be used in future weeks as topics of discussion.  Finally, each person was instructed to tell a one minute Bible story and then Mike provided corrections and instruction after each story.
 
This was a great two hours of instruction.  The students were very engaged and interested.  They all seemed eager to return next week.

English As A Second Language – First Class

Erin at the first ESL classToday was the first day of our English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Mike and Erin are teaching ESL classes for two and a half months.  We were excited to find that 50 students showed up on the first day of class.
 
The students received an overview of the course and took an oral placement test to determine their existing English ability.  Next week the group will be divided into four skill levels based on current knowledge.
 
We are so eager to teach these courses.