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October 23, 2013
Join the adventure . . .

We asked ESL teachers and directors to share their stories. They talked about students from far and wide--Vietnam, Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras, Spain, China . . .


Many of the speedy English language learners, it seems, are driven by the need to find work. Imagine moving to a foreign country, and within eight months passing a technical exam in that country's language. Or, teaching other newcomers to speak the language because you are already that proficient.

"I have to get a job," said one dedicated student, "because my kids only eat at school." That's motivation.

  Engaging Teacher

While these ESL teachers and directors talk passionately about their students, it becomes increasingly clear that they themselves are a part of the story. Hungry children? Not on my watch.

They meet their students where they are and do whatever it takes to help them move forward--like prepping them for job interviews and shuttling them to appointments. Or, coaching them in reading so they can get promotions.


One teacher has his students write down anything they encounter during the week that they don't understand. They go over it in class and everyone benefits.

  ESL class

Another teacher brought in an immigration expert when she discovered her students were living in fear. Some had been waiting 13 years for citizenship and had concluded that by now they must certainly be illegal. That night their minds were put to rest.


Yet another teacher describes hosting holiday parties in her home, so students can experience American customs and traditions. At a Christmas party, a Muslim man was intrigued with the nativity set in the corner of the room. She explained its meaning, and that night he became a Christian.


Ask an ESL teacher to share a story. If it sounds like an adventure you'd like to be a part of, Literacy Connexus is here to help!

Houston TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Training . . .

Registration deadline is this Friday! 
Click on the links below for complete information. 

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Trivia Challenge 
1. Falsos amigos is a term for:

a) the pairing of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder

b) fair weather friends

c) Spanish and English words that look similar but have different meanings

d) the two like poles of magnets repelling each other  

2. Bellwether is a term derived from the Middle English bellewether, which refers to:

a) the leading sheep of a flock with a bell hung around its neck

b) a harbor buoy that makes a clanging sound

c) the junior Benedictine monk assigned to ringing a bell at the beginning and end of every meal

d) the escort of the most beautiful woman at the ball

3. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Annapurna, Langtang Lirung, and Ama Dablam are:

a) native Cantonese dishes

b) Himalayan peaks

c) rodents of South America

d) islands of Polynesia


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