Kim M is in stupid China being stupidly far away but learning Mandarin and teaching English which is actually kinda rad. Kim sent me this, saying "What have you done for Adult Basic Education today?! Pass this along! "
Once again, I am soliciting volunteer assistant teachers for my two ESL courses at the Training and Upgrading Fund, District 1199c Hospital Workers Union. The courses are multilevel integrated classes focusing particularly on reading and writing as well as listening and speaking. Since most students are trying to get their GED diplomas, these ESL classes prepare students for test-taking strategies and entrance to more advanced pre GED English classes. In addition, students are assisted in career and job counseling. Since the school is connected with healthcare workers, many students are employed as nurse aides and are preparing to enter higher level healthcare jobs such as LPNs and RNs.
The classes are held twice a week for both AM and PM timeslots to accommodate worker schedules. The morning class meets Monday and Wednesday, 9-12 and the evening class meets Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-7:30. The classes will begin on Monday, September 20. This is a good opportunity for grad TESOL students to get some real hands-on teaching experience. They can both teach lessons and tutor individual or small groups of students. I will guide and assist these volunteers. Since we have access to a computer classroom, computer-based language learning is also an option.
Any of your students who are interested should contact me via e-mail. It is not necessary for volunteers to attend both classes. I can accommodate a variety of schedule choices.
Patricia Ma, a Temple grad volunteer last year, was particularly helpful. She developed detailed student profiles which were extremely helpful as well as being of great assistance in classroom lessons.