Federation hosts ESL classes on campus

16 Oct

I’ve been lucky enough to be teaching an ESL (English as a Second Language) class on Monday and Tuesday evenings, part of a new partnership between Project Light Literacy Center and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.  This new initiative began when Luz Corcuera, Board President of Project Light, participated in the Federation’s interfaith mission to Israel. As the relationship between our organizations developed, we began hosting some of Project Light’s classes on our campus to expand our partnerships with other minority communities such as this one.

Luz Corcuera in the Galilee on the 2013 Interfaith Mission

We’re in our 5th week of class and the other night we were working on numbers, both writing just the number and spelling it out.  After going through one to nine, ten, twenty, thirty, etc. I was trying to get everyone to think out of the box for a moment. Because earlier in the class we had been practicing pronunciation of the tongue twister, “Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer,”  I suggested that we make up a recipe for the biscuits.

My students started giving ingredients with the measurements; 1 cup of this, ¼ teaspoon of that, and I had them all practicing writing and saying all the words and numbers. Nobody cared that it wouldn’t really make biscuits.re working on numbers, both writing just the number and spelling it out.  After going through one to nine, ten, twenty, thirty, etc. I was trying to get everyone to think out of the box for a moment. Because earlier in the class we had been practicing pronunciation of the tongue twister, “Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer,”  I suggested that we make up a recipe for the biscuits.

When we were almost done with the ingredients, there was a roaring laughter in the class. I asked what was so funny.

One very attentive student has been vigorously writing all of the ingredients.  He had told the people around him that he was going to give the recipe to his wife to make the biscuits to bring to class the following week, not realizing he would be serving us flour bricks and not biscuits.  We all had a good laugh, but at no one’s expense. I love teaching this class.

Jeremy Lisitza is the Office Manager at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For more information about volunteering with Project Light, please contact him at 941.343.2113 or jlisitza@jfedsrq.org

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