Last week the return to ESL classes got underway at the community center. Turns out the afternoon time works well mainly for adults who work, but not so well for most youth who, believe it or not, often have classes starting from noon on through through the afternoon.
That discovery led me to decide on Saturday to open up a new class this week on Monday morning for anyone who found this time to work better for them. It will be a 6 week conversational class, Monday to Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. So with only an announcement at church on Sunday as our advertisement, I started with the promise from about 5 youth to come.
On Monday I had two and one of them told me he has swimming on Tuesdays and wouldn’t come on Tuesdays. On Tuesday I still had two as another gal joined the class. Today I had five! There’s at least one more who intends to come in a week or so when his school schedule changes. These are all from the church but that’s fine for now. I have never taught a conversation class before…no curriculum. Just learning more about how to do this and they make willing “guinea pigs.” They seem to be very happy with the class and are enjoying it. We laugh a lot. I like that.
I’ll have to decide how to proceed after February when we scheduled to switch back to using a textbook. Maybe we’ll still keep the conversation option open for then too. It’s really a part of any class, even if it uses a textbook. We’ll see how the Lord leads these ideas.