A few weeks ago our friend Dave told us that some of the town’s people had approached him about teaching an English class. Dave’s mother Libby and our friend Gerri both had experience teaching English and Dave put together a class of ten people for them to team teach.
The idea caught on and more and more people expressed a desire to learn basic English. Many of the people (especially school aged children) could not make it to a morning class, so it was decided that perhaps Mary and I could teach a separate class in the afternoons.
After debating about when and where we could hold the class it was determined that we would teach an eight week beginning English class on Monday afternoons right here at our house. Eleven people signed up and Mary and I scurried around getting things ready. The chairs were arranged.
Mary and I worked on lesson plans and visual aids. Mary was able to find some great multi-media resources and even some of our readers provided handout material to help us prepare.
All we needed now were some students to arrive – and arrive they did!
Most of the ladies that came own or work in stores and want to learn more English to deal with the growing number of gringo tourists and residents here in San Clemente. We had the town pharmacist, a restaurant owner, and a clothing souvenir store owner in the class. We had four young people who know some English they have learned in school. All of them seemed to have fun and they tried to listen, participate, and take notes.
Mary had a fun activity/homework assignment that promised prizes for those who complete the assignment by next week.
We enjoyed some sandia (watermelon) after the class and everyone left happy.
I had a good time helping out with the teaching and Mary and I are looking forward to next week.
Life is good in Ecuador.