Saturday English class in public school

Last Saturday, Gayle and I went to the Mundo Habitat neighborhood, which lies on Ave. 26 de Julio between the highway and the Arco Vial, to observe an English class that our friend Cesar is teaching. Life took him to Canada for several years and his English is quite good. He immediately had the students […] ... Continue Reading »
By: Kelly Caldwell 
on: November 25, 2013

Last Saturday, Gayle and I went to the Mundo Habitat neighborhood, which lies on Ave. 26 de Julio between the highway and the Arco Vial, to observe an English class that our friend Cesar is teaching. Life took him to Canada for several years and his English is quite good. He immediately had the students push all the chairs to the wall and sit on the floor. There were no pencils or notebooks and there was no Spanish spoken. Most of kids were about 5th grade level with a couple much younger ones. Their homework from last Saturday had been to make an alphabet, placing one letter on a 3 inch square of paper. One by one the kids were called to the front to draw something out the green shopping bag Cesar had brought and tell what the object was. There were stuffed animals: a lion, a tiger, and a pig. There were fresh fruits and vegetables. There was a car key and a cell phone. Alphabet letters were pulled from the packs to spell the word then they were written on the board at the front of the room and repeated after we pronounced each one.
I brought out a lottery game in which each child had a card with 9 pictures of objects and Gayle called the objects, like bingo. We had forgotten to bring anything to cover the bingo cards with but will remember next week when we return – along with some prizes for the winners. But the kids were good sports and were excited to recognize the image when the word was called, waving their hands for us to check.
We had a great time. The principal told us we were welcome to come on Thursdays to work with more classes. Something we need to think about for the future, but for now we plan to go on Saturdays at 10am. .

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