English classes for youth!
We had been trying to start English classes for youth and adults for some time. In 2019 we found a new volunteer, David Ellison, a Stanford University trained teacher, who was willing and able to create a structured English class for our youth in San Juan Tecomatlan, Mezcala and San Pedro Itzicán. David is also fluent in Spanish so that helps us a lot!
He, together with Ron Robertson and some other wonderful volunteers have been teaching the youth and adults in person or on Zoom since 2019.
There are mixed results in different areas because of the different education levels. Mezcala students tend to generally be better educated than people in San Pedro Itzican. So you are not just teaching a language, they do not understand the concepts of their own language either.
Encouraging the participants to practice between lessons has also been a challenge!
One early solution we tried was bringing food to the class (as that seemed to help enrollment and concentration). But we had to stop that when covid closed everything down.
Poco a Poco is so grateful to David and Ron for taking on this program.
Do you remember that special teacher that would spend time helping you? Even if you were struggling. David is one of those teachers....