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Teaching ESL has been a fun and interesting journey for me. It’s a lot different from teaching students or other Americans. I still remember sitting in on my first class a year ago and thinking I couldn’t do this. But then God gave me the courage to step out and do it. Plus He gave a heart for these refugees as I saw the need for these people to learn english so they can function in society. Tonight Emily and Iman hosted a special training session to help us with teaching. I know God has called me to further explore teaching ESL. I’m actually looking at the possibly of traveling to another country to teach in english camps as I have been contacted by a few organizations. But for now, it’s here in Tempe at Imagine Schools. We had a great time discussing how we can better help out the students. Not to mention we got to eat some yummy Somalian samosas and rice.

Just a few basic principles we came up with in teaching ESL to another culture:

  • Don’t tell the student what they can tell you
  • Don’t dominate the class
  • Don’t be a afraid of silence OR noise
  • Model. Demonstrate rather than explain activities
  • Lesson plans are guidelines, not rules

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Teaching

I’m really developing a passion for teaching. While the Somali organization has us instructors on hold, my friend from PCI has started her own ESL classes. So I have been helping her out lately. Emily does such an amazing job of putting material together. Her heart and passion for ESL teaching has rubbed off on me. I’m loving engaging with different cultures. Tonight I had three countries represented in my class – Somalia, Saudi Arabia and China. Talk about diversity! Is this what the Kingdom of Heaven is going to look like – all of us united? I am so incredibly thankful God for this opportunity. It’s a blessing to be with these people and I’m thankful to the Spirit for this gift to teach. You can read about one of our student’s journey with ESL here.

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Today was the last day of class at the Somali Bantu Refugee Center. I have enjoyed teaching here the past few months. It really is an amazing God story how He brought this place into my life for me to serve at. I have had the itching to teach for some time, but I never thought I would be teaching refugees how to speak english and be prepared for citizen classes. God is doing amazing things in this community and Peace Catalyst International is doing awesome stuff in promoting peace and unity amongst them. I am thankful for Josh Prather from Redemption church for directing me here and the director Sally for believing in me. Rachel, Emily and Kaylee have been awesome trainers and I look forward to helping run english camp this summer. Today we had our last day of class celebration and the ladies cooked us samosas (a fried or baked pastry filled with potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, and ground meat) and hot Kenyan tea. I was offered my own class to teach in the Fall and I look forward to further being a part of this community.

The women in their traditional hijab headscarfs

Samosas

Our awesome teachers!

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This documentary has helped me get to know a little bit of what our Somalian students have been through.

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Today I started my first day at the Somali Bantu Center of Phoenix. It is such a God story of how this place came to me. I had attended a peace festival at a Uzbekistan restaurant back in November and was blown away by the number of refugees living here in Phoenix. Just hearing their stories really moved me. I signed up to help volunteer and Josh Prather from Redemption church contacted me a couple of months later. He got me in contact with Sally Harr (the lady in the video above) and she offered me an a choice of an admin or a teaching position. I was really having an itching to teach and wasn’t the admin type, but I never taught english before. She encouraged me to come down and check out the place and I fell in love with it. Peace Catalyst International is a big part of helping bring unity to the people in this community. Tim Ballard gave me a rundown on them and he also happens to attend my church Missio Dei. Even though overseas missions is my heart, I had been praying for something local to do here in the valley that is cultural based. This place was perfect and I began to pray if God wanted me here. I knew God would provide me with the skills to teach english, so I accepted the offer to be a teaching assistant for the remainder of the spring. Wow.. isn’t God amazing in how he works!

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