Learning Spanish, Teaching English

Everyone in the group doesn´t like the constant movement. Everyone in the group doesn´t like the constant traveling to different museums, churches, and palaces. Everyone in the group doesn´t like the (sometimes two or three) papers we have a week, but one thing I think we can all agree on is how much we love volunteering to teach local children English. It is only for one hour once a week, and even then, the time really flies because we enjoy it so much. We utilize many different tools and skills to help them learn as much of our beloved language as possible: number games, color games, vocabulary games. In fact, yesterday I played Memory with my students, and every time they flipped the cards over, they had to say the name of the picture in Spanish and English. Considering the fact that a few of us here (including myself) wish to make a career out of teaching English as a Second Language, this has been some of the best practice in the world. I look forward to making a difference in these children´s lives and having them make a difference a mine.

ImageOne of the little girls I have the pleasure to teach. Isn´t she beautiful?

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One thought on “Learning Spanish, Teaching English

  1. As a fellow participant in CSU in Mexico, I would have to disagree with this. Most of us LOVE the traveling and going to museums. I am so thankful for this experience. Everyone I have spoken to on the trip, including myself, are absolutely ecstatic to be able to take part in the excursions. I am amazed that we get to see so much in such a short amount of time and all the credit is due to our wonderful program directors- Rosie and Dr. Cook. I have learned more about the culture and language from visiting museums, cathedrals, ancient ruins, etc. than what I could have ever learned in a classroom.
    As far as the classwork…let’s not forget that is why we are here! Another student and I are in the upper level class and we have one paper due each week. This week we do have two, but it beats “finals week” at CSU ten times over! As far as I know Melita and I are the only ones actually having to write papers consistently each week for our class on short stories in Latin America- which is absolutely normal for a upper level literature class. I am also thankful that I get to express my reactions and thoughts to these amazing works from Latin America in writing.
    In closing I would like to say that CSU in Mexico has been a great experience for all of us. We have all really enjoyed getting to know one another, traveling together, teaching the children english, and learning more about the beautiful culture and language of Mexico. This experience (traveling and classwork included) has made a huge impact in my life and I, as well as a huge majority of the group, are very grateful for every second of the opportunity.

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