By Today at IMPACT SoAZ! | May 13, 2015 at 01:24 PM EDT | No Comments
We have 13 English as a Second Language volunteers, many of them from SaddleBrooke. Each week from October 1 through May 22, they teach and mentor adult students on Wednesday mornings from 9am-10am at Mt. Shadows Presbyterian Church and at the IMPACT SoAZ office at 3535 E. Hawser Street Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The ESL Program began last fall with twenty-two students attending, five at Mt. Shadows Presbyterian Church and seventeen at the IMPACT SoAZ office. This year they added a conversation class, as well as new books and materials. The goals of the students include improving their English skills or to prepare to become U.S. citizens. The program provides assessment of students' skill levels to help insure success as they are led by the volunteer instructors.
Before beginning this year’s classes, three of the volunteers, Mark Goodrich, Diana Magness, and Peggy Lombard spent time at Literacy Connects training on proven techniques for teaching non-English speakers. They then shared their new skills with our other ESL volunteers Cindy Bieger, Dennis Hester, Pat Leveque, Karen Lingelbach, Shirley Morris, Carol Osgood, Kathie Schroeder, John Turner, Nile Vernon, and Joanne Winner. Dennis Hester, who moved from Montana and now lives in Sun City, has taught ESL students for the past ten years. He first began with America Reads and has been learning Spanish nearly his entire life. Dennis declares, "The best thing about teaching is the students. They are motivated, friendly and so appreciative." This is Dennis' first year teaching citizenship at IMPACT SoAZ, but taught students for seven years in Montana.
Sun City resident Peggy Lombard is also from Montana, having moved here a little over three years ago. She has been teaching ESL students for the past two years, currently as an intermediate English instructor. Peggy really enjoys interacting with her students, who she says are really enthusiastic committed to learning.
When adult learner Teresa first attended classes three years ago, she knew no English at all. This year she is working independently using the language-learning software program, Rosetta Stone. Teresa says she needed more practice with word pronunciation and the program really helps with this. When asked what she felt was her biggest accomplishment so far, she responded with a shy smile, "Speaking English and having other people understand me."
All the adult learners come to the classes offered by IMPACT of Southern Arizona for various reasons, but they do have several things in common: they have come to improve their English, work diligently to accomplish their goals, and really love working with their mentors and other students.