When my last birthday occurred, in May, it was a significant one. I thought about some of the things I want to accomplish, long term, short term, and plenty in between. Yeah, you could call it a bucket list.
One of the things on the list was to tutor or teach adults ESL (English as a Second Language.) A couple decades ago, I was killing time between 2 guitar students, in a local library. As I was reading or writing I overhear an ESL tutor working with a student. I distinctly recall thinking, "I could do that. I could probably do that well." No sooner did determine that this is the time when I should and can tutor ESL, than I saw a notice in the local paper, indicating that there was a training program beginning the following week. I enrolled and took the class. It was thorough, intensive and although I'm a capable teacher and love the English language, the method is extremely counter-intuitive.
I took the test when the course concluded and I have received my certification from Literacy Volunteers of Pascack Valley, which is part of Literacy Volunteers of NJ, under the umbrella of ProLiteracy. I should have my first student or class by the end of this month. I may blog about my ESL experiences. I look forward to teaching those without or with extremely limited English, which will be nothing short of life changing.