Why I Teach ESOL…

We recently received an email from one of our ESOL tutors and with her permission we’re sharing her story with our readers. We hope it inspires you as much as it did us.

Please note that we’ve removed last names to protect the privacy of our learner and tutor.

From: Sylvia
I have about 24 students from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, (far eastern) Russia, and Japan in my Tuesday night ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class, and we also have students from China and Colombia, in addition to the countries already mentioned, in our other classes! About 7 or 8 volunteers (all trained ESOL tutors) teach about 80 adult students whose educational backgrounds range from illiterate to post graduate degrees and whose work experience ranges from manual laborers to business professionals. We have at least one class going on every day of the week, but most are on weekday evenings. Sacred Heart Catholic Church sponsors our program and Sacred Heart School lets us use a classroom as our own, just for ESOL classes.  ESOL teaching is very challenging, interesting, and exciting. See the email below for one of the reasons why I (continue to) teach.
Here is an email I got from the daughter of the Lithuanian student who came for the first time last night. I contacted the daughter, Kristina, to find out how her mom said things had gone and whether I needed to adjust how I taught in order to better meet her needs. This email is the type of thing that keeps me showing up for class just when I am sure I do not have the time to volunteer teach.
Mrs. Sylvia, my mom loved class and everybody there, she had great time. She is very excited about learning and you doing wonderful job. She is been learning from my 5 year old son, because I am just not teaching type, but I’ll help with lessons if she needs help. We appreciate your hard work, thank you very much.
Sincerely, Kristina
P.S. also she enjoyed meeting other wonderful ladies, and looking forward for next class.

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