Using technology to Learn English: The “You Tube” Edition!

Posted on May 25, 2015

There are many online resources to assist English language learners. Many are included within the “Youtube” website. Here are some helpful sites and links… YOUTUBE edition! You can use “Youtube” to help improve both your spoken and written English. Once you have entered the “Youtube” site, enter the following key words in the rectangular […]

Why I Volunteer

Posted on May 18, 2015

My name is Tom Welle and I want to tell you why I am an ESL volunteer. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment students feel when they understand a challenging English word or difficult concept, their “aha” moment of discovery. That moment, captured in the expressions of their faces, brings joy to instructors and students […]

Welcoming the World

Posted on May 11, 2015

They come from many countries, bringing diverse vocations: a Korean acupuncturist, a Brazilian priest, a Honduran roofer, an Egyptian grocer, a Kurdish driver, a Peruvian gardener, among many others. One of my favorite tasks, once registration ends for the term, is performing an analysis of what our students do, where they are from, and how […]

The Importance of Homework in ESL Class

Posted on May 4, 2015

One of the rewards of being a volunteer is watching hardworking people make time in their busy lives to learn English.  An aspect of ESL class often overlooked by students, and just as important as attendance, is homework. You may grumble at the idea of doing homework and feel that time spent in class should […]