ESOL Program Completes Its First Year
Submtted by Sr. Catherine Hertel, SSMO
Photos by Sr. Charlene Herinckx, SSMO
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon recently concluded their first year of teaching for their ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages). On May 15, students joined the Sisters and their family members for a final demonstration of their language skills and an international potluck. While Beginner I students read stories from primers, more advanced students read their own creations. Besides learning linguistic skills, students have formed lasting relationships with each other and with their teachers. Each student received a certificate in honor of their progress in learning English. Most students will be returning next fall for more advanced studies.
Approximately 20 ESOL volunteers celebrated at a final gathering on May 17 at the SSMO’s “Villa” and will be on deck again when classes begin again on Sept. 18, 2012.