This fall, KKIS restructured it’s English Program in an effort to put our volunteer time and talent toward helping high school students with their English pronunciation and conversation. It was not easy leaving the young children at the DIF School, but the high school students at Bachilleres Prepatoria have been an absolute delight.
The format of the 1 hour session is similar, we pair one volunteer to ~5 students, but now the interaction is very conversational and we are hearing the volunteers say, it’s easier and quite rewarding. KKIS provides each volunteer with a page of questions that guide their conversation with their group of students. There is always at least one student who is comfortable with English and he/she helps bridge any gaps in understanding. The volunteers, gently urge shy students to speak louder and listen for opportunities to share common pronunciation challenges.
This past Monday was the last day of classes for this semester. Now the students are preparing for tests. KKIS volunteers have been asked back next week (every day Dec 7-11 from 9 – 11) to help tutor students who are not doing well in English. Anyone interested in volunteering should send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will begin our regular program again in mid January when the students are back from the Christmas holiday.
The KKIS team is inspired by the interaction we see between volunteers and students at Bachilleres. The school’s administrative team has been very attentive and has assured us that instances of unexpected cancellation of class will not occur next semester.