We have officially started another English class for our congregation. We had our first class yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 14th 2012) and Pastor Debbie asked me to be one of the teachers! Except for Bible lessons in Kid’s church, I had never taught anything before, and I’ve only been here one week. But seeing how excited and enthusiastic this class was about learning made me feel all the more comfortable. I was ASTOUNDED at the genuine heart and intentionality the class had to learn English. They were all very engaged and asked a lot of questions. And by their questions, you could tell they were listening and taking in every word you said. This class I would consider a teacher’s dream class: Excited to be there, engaging in the lesson, actually making progress, and the most shocking, they ASKED for homework.
We ended up splitting the class into “Beginner” and “Intermediate”; and I was asked to work with the intermediates (the students who are already mostly fluent in the language). I was wondering what I was going to teach them seeing they already knew so much. Fortunately, after speaking with them and asking questions, I was able to find out what it was they were wanting and needing to learn – vocabulary; pronunciation; past, present and future tenses; how to read and write; and sentence structure. I was SO excited because I LOVE teaching those things! And the students are so much fun to teach.
Most of our students are young adults ages 18-25, however in the intermediate group I am working with four men in their 30’s and 40’s. All of the people here are so nice and friendly. I am amazed to see that even through the poverty and hardship, the Haitians always greet you with a smile. And being an American, I am taken by their gratitude and genuine joy. The things that I take for granted, they are SO thankful for. Such as this English class, where I come from, a school and classes are required, and many times seen as a burden and inconvenience. But here, it is a privilege! A pleasure! I will never be the same after my time here.