On this day I worked with a guy on his pronunciation of many different words as well as discussing vocabulary words that have to do with transportation, specifically by car and bus. At the end of this day, we talked with the class about what we all were grateful for regarding the experience of us being there to help them. It was gratifying to hear what all of the students had to say. We also did this reflection in Spanish so it put me in the position of feeling how they feel when they talk to me in English which I think was a significant experience for me to have. I learned a lot about myself and the learning experience during this time in Le Center and I'm very grateful for having this opportunity.
On this day no students were present but the conversation that my group and I had with the students was very impactful and insightful and will improve our ability to work with the Latino culture. We discussed a lot of different things but one of the main things we talked about was the immigration process for many of the students that we work with as well as how that has impacted their lives as well as the lives of their families. One fascinating thing we discussed was some of the motivating factors for many of the students who we help. The teacher told us that one of the things she stresses most to try and continue to get people to show up is so that they can advocate for their children in school as well as being able to help them with their homework. I thought this was a really interesting takeaway. The other thing that the teacher talked to us about was what she tries to focus on in her class which is different than most classes which is just basic conversational skills and not necessarily grammar. She wants to leave her students with the ability to advocate for themselves and others when presented with issues whether it be in Spanish or English. Hearing the teachers opinions and views and stories were really eye-opening and allowed me and my group to really put into perspective the role that we are playing for the students.
On this day me and a student who had graduated from college in Mexico worked on pronunciation and meaning of different words. One of the things we worked a lot on was ordinary words that will come up in conversation with people such as weather terms or answering questions like how are you. It was interesting to work with someone who had had a formal education of a high degree because he knew how he learned best and was willing and able to express to me what exactly he didn't understand. It gave me more confidence to speak to him in Spanish and not be afraid of if I messed up or said something wrong. I really enjoyed my time with him this week.
At the Le Center Adult English education class me and my parents assisted Spanish speaking adults with learning English. To start with we went around and introduced ourselves so that we could learn about each other. We then split off in different groups to work on a worksheet about ordering at Subway and how to correctly pronounce each word as well as the meaning behind the words. I worked specifically with a woman who was one of the more advanced English speakers in the class and she wanted to work on learning past and present tense and the difference between the two. I was able to relate a lot to the woman I was working with especially in the past and present tense partly because the conjugation of the past tense is what I struggle with most in Spanish. She taught me to laugh at myself during my mistakes which made it easier to also help her learn because there wasn't as much pressure to be correct in my Spanish when trying to translate for her so she could understand.