Janice and Mary are wasting no time. The long time tutor and student pair crowd close over Mary’s composition journal, where she has written out sentences and Janice examines closely to check her grammar and spelling. Today Janice is breaking down the structure of sentences for Mary, helping Mary understand how to conjugate a verb
“I told my husband, Howard, that I’m going to be interviewed. He says, ‘why?!’ I said, ‘Because I am a good student!’” It’s mid-morning at the Gaithersburg Library and LCMC student Sabrina and her tutor Dee have met for their weekly tutoring lesson. Sabrina’s husband, Howard, is also an LCMC student, with a different tutor.
“I am one of the survivors.” That’s what Risala quietly says when asked where she is originally from. “I am from South Sudan, Darfur,” she says first. Normally, the “where” question is followed up with the question of what brought one of our ESL learners to the United States. But in this case, asking someone
ESL Tutor and Student Spotlight on Mamadou and Leslie If this story inspires you to support the work of LCMC and students like Mamadou, please consider making a Giving Tuesday donation here. “Our community is better for having Mamadou in it.” Leslie, a Literacy Council of Montgomery County volunteer tutor, does not mince words. “I
This month’s student/tutor spotlight features ESL learner Caiqing and her volunteer tutor, Stevie. “My son is 12 years old. He always makes fun of me. He plays tricks on me,” says Caiqing, an ESL learner in LCMC’s tutoring program. She is acting exasperated, but she also cannot hide her amusement. “I ask him to write
The first thing that sticks out about volunteer tutor, Harry, and his ESL student, Sarah, is how easy laughter comes to them. Harry’s self-deprecating sense of humor, and Sarah’s enjoyment of good-natured teasing, make it clear this pair’s lessons are far from the chore many of us remember taking classes as being. “Why do I
Adelrose takes to reading and writing like a duck to water. It’s raining hard this Monday morning in early August, but that doesn’t stop LCMC student Adelrose from meeting her tutor, Lisa, at the Long Branch Library in Silver Spring for their weekly English tutoring session. The two settle in to Tutor Room #2 at
Jan Metcalf currently tutors two students, Elva and Sandra. She “interviewed” Elva and Sandra for this month’s Student Profile feature (a great way to practice speaking skills)! If you would like to submit your student interview, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Elva came to the United States from El Salvador seven years ago, where she worked as