Posts Tagged ‘ESL’

Back from the Drawing Board

We’ve spent the last several months refining our strategic vision, and we’re putting into action some new ways of connecting displaced people with friendly faces in our community. This e-newsletter has 3 videos you can watch that detail ways to get involved! First up is our Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Pennington sharing our updated vision and mission……

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Field Trip to AMOA

Thousand year old sandstone sculptures from Cambodia, color reduction woodcut and letterpress prints on handmade paper, wool rugs from Turkey, oil paintings and photographs from a collector…All of these artworks were on display at the Amarillo Museum of Art on Wednesday when we took a group of 7 students from our book club and ESL…

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Field Trip to AMOA

Thousand year old sandstone sculptures from Cambodia, color reduction woodcut and letterpress prints on handmade paper, wool rugs from Turkey, oil paintings and photographs from a collector…All of these artworks were on display at the Amarillo Museum of Art on Wednesday when we took a group of 7 students from our book club and ESL classes for…

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The Next Chapter

Recently, we started a book club with some of our ESL students using a fantastic book from Gemma Literacy that we learned about at the Literacy Texas conference. We have a small group of women that meet each Wednesday for tea and coffee, and read the next chapter of a book together to improve their English skills. Our first book…

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A Time to Celebrate

Email newsletter header picture of ESL class party

On Thursday, our ESL class celebrated the end of their semester with a party. Each student was presented with a certificate honoring the number of hours they had spent in class this Fall. The final certificate was presented to Lula (pictured above), who put in more hours than any other student. As Emily announced her…

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What’s the Objective?

bullseye diagram for plotting relationships

Do you remember last month when we wrote about Wide and Narrow Windows? If you missed that article, go take a quick read. In thinking about the unknown windows of time we have with refugees, our team has been reflecting on who is already in our sphere, and how can we be strategic in the…

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You too??

We would be lying if we we said we haven’t faced discouragement in looking at how much more disconnected we are with refugee communities than we were pre-pandemic. Those once-thriving relationships are in need of another round of hard work and time spent listening.

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Location Location Location: Difficulties with Church-Based ESL Programs

Church-Based ESL Programs For decades, Amarillo churches have answered the call to serve incoming refugees through English and citizenship classes. The sheer number of volunteers serving the refugee community in this city is mind-boggling! At Paramount Baptist Church alone, 80 volunteers arrive every Wednesday to serve 300 refugees through their LEAF program. As I visit…

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Refugees Learning English: Obstacles

One of the greatest needs in Amarillo is for refugees to learn English. We know it, and they know it too. In Amarillo, members of our community often complain about the poor English abilities of local refugees. Just talk with a nurse or a teacher, many of whom regularly call translation services for the simplest of communicative…

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