In 2019, I took the TEFL training and Cultural Competence certification course and worked as an assistant teacher in one of the adult literacy ESL classrooms. The community is warm, welcoming, and meaningfully diverse - the richness of everyone's differences (language, culture, beliefs, citizenship status) is celebrated and supported. I especially enjoyed the inviting, social setup of the CLC (Connect Language Center) - a communal kitchen with a free coffee and tea station, which leads to a cozily furnished lounge with large sofas, tables, and shelves and shelves of books. Because the CLC is designed to encourage social interaction, the most powerful form of language practice happens naturally there: community-building through repeated, social exchanges with fellow students and teachers.
What was your funniest moment?
One student in the adult ESL literacy class I assisted with, Roza, was in her eighties and FULL of life and humor. Each time our break was over and class was called to reconvene, Roza and I would start a little chant & dance "Go! Go! Go!" as we made our way from the CLC lounge back into the classroom.