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Margot Heffernan Teaches ESL Class at Skyline Literacy

Margot, center, with two of her students from Skyline Literacy

Margot, center, with two of her students from Skyline Literacy

Margot Heffernan is teaching an intermediate level ESL class at Skyline Literacy in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This class meets three times a week, from September through early December.

Skyline Literacy is an organization that offers English classes to individuals who wish to enhance their language skills. The mission of Skyline Literacy is to improve the functional literacy skills of adult residents of the central Shenandoah Valley.

Students who turn to Skyline Literacy seek help with different aspects of  English language education. Some individuals need to focus on conversational English language skills, while others need help with reading or writing. Skyline Literacy addresses the literacy needs of many different people.

Three of Margot's students from Skyline Literacy

Three of Margot’s students from Skyline Literacy

Skyline Literacy also offers citizenship classes that are designed to prepare people for the naturalization test and interview so that they can become US citizens. This year, fourteen people successfully completed citizenship classes that were offered at Skyline Literacy. These fourteen individuals were part of a group of 70 new citizens who took part in the naturalization ceremony in Staunton, Virginia on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

For more information about Skyline Literacy. please visit http://skylineliteracy.org/

Margot Heffernan and Keri Sue Brunk Teach ELL classes for American Home Life International

Margot Heffernan teaching Chinese ESL students on August 17, 2012

Margot Heffernan teaching Chinese ESL students on August 17, 2012

Margot Heffernan and Keri Sue Brunk taught an ELL class (English Language Learning) which was sponsored by American Home Life International, an organization that provides cultural and educational learning experiences for students from around the world. Margot and Keri Sue  have collaborated on previous ELL teaching projects at Skyline Literacy in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

This class included twenty middle school students from Bejing, China. Students stayed with host families from August 3rd to August 17, 2012. During this time, they attended a daily English class. Students also participated in many organized activities, such as shopping trips, a visit to the Rockingham County Fair, a tour of James Madison University, and a tour of Washington, DC. In addition, each host family introduced their two student guests to interesting and novel experiences.

The ELL class met daily at Lindale Mennonite Church from 9 am to 12 pm. The students were divided into two groups of ten. Each class focused on a topic or group of topics relevant to life in America, such as education, money, food, or family living. The students were also encouraged to talk about the many new experiences that they were enjoying and participating in.

Margot Heffernan with Chinese ESL students on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Margot Heffernan with Chinese ESL students on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Since this group of Chinese students had been studying English since they were young children, their writing and reading skills were at an intermediate or advanced level. Through the ELL class sponsored by AHLI, they were able to focus more on spoken language skills by conversing in a relaxed and casual setting. By the end of the two week program, the students were speaking to each other about many exciting ideas and experiences. Their conversations were dynamic and interactive!

Keri Sue Brunk Instructs Chinese ELL students

Keri Sue Brunk Instructs Chinese ELL students

When these students begin the new school year in Bejing, they will be studying many subjects in English. The supplemental English classes that they participated in through AHLI will allow them to bring enhanced English skills to their future studies.

To learn more about American Home Life International, please visit amhomelife.org.

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