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LEAH dEpERI AND HER STUDENTS
LETTER FROM LEYSAN GAYNULLINA
I would like to say some words about a wonderful woman - my ESL tutor at the Mahwah Public Library, Leah Deperi. I'm really glad I've met such a smart, kind and good-natured person as Leah. Her classes helped me to take my first steps in understanding American speech and gave me confidence in communicating with other people. After several months of class, we were joined by another Russian-speaking student Lyuba from the Ukraine. She also greatly enjoys these classes and attends them with great pleasure.
Whether we are reading, recounting stories, studying grammar, learning idioms, practicing phrasal verbs or speaking, every lesson with Leah is like a fun, family get-together where we feel free and relaxed. Our tutor carefully listens to our thoughts, respects everyone's opinion and carefully explains aspects of English that are unclear to us. Leah has a witty sense of humor and plenty of ideas to get us to think and talk. We are very grateful to her for that!
Many thanks, Leah, for your work. I wish you success and health! Special thanks to Mahwah Public Library for the opportunity to learn English through its ESL program.
Sincerely, Leysan Gaynullina.
FRANCESCA IANORA, LVPV MANAGER AT EMERSON LIBRARY AND LVPV
BOARD MEMBER SHARES POETRY
TOOT FOR TUTORS
They emigrate from many lands, o'er mountains and o'er seas,
To seek a chance to tap our wealth of opportunities.
More than we know, they savor what it means to struggle free,
Enough to leave the lands they love and face uncertainty.
What greater gift could we bestow to ease their daunting plight
Than teaching them our native tongue and speed their upward flight?
What greater bond have countries than one language shared by all?
You serve your pupils and your land by answering their call.
So give a Toot for Tutors! Back-pat yourselves a pat!
Praise, tutors of the ESL! To you I doff my hat.
MEET LUCY LIU AND PENILYN KRUGE FROM MAHWAH LIBRARY
Insight from ESL student, Lucy Liu
My ESL teachers' names are Miss Karen and Miss Penny. Miss Karen has taught me the Conversation Lesson. She has been charming. She has always had some interesting topics. We have talked and talked. In every class, time has gone very quickly. Every student has wanted to talk about a lot of things for everybody. She has always helped us with patience. We love her.
Miss Penny has taught me the Grammar Lesson. She has been to China. She is very friendly. She gave me more information for my kids. This summer, my oldest son went to The Challenger Learning Center. He learned more things about space. He hopes to go to there again.
A couple of weeks ago all the kids went back to school. All the parents have a lot of paperwork for school. This year, I read some paper that I understand. I try to help my son. On Monday my son played ice hockey at the Sport-O-Rama Ice Rink. That group had a few kids bigger than my son. My son was afraid. I talked to his coach. The coach separated the big kids and the little kids this time. My son was happy. I was happy too.
Thanks to my classmates!
Thanks to Miss Karen!
Thanks to Miss Penny!
You helped me in a lot of ways for my life!
Insight from tutor Penilyn Kruge
Being a literacy volunteer has enabled me to be a resource person for my ESL students. In one instance, the second grade son adores everything about space (exploration, technology, etc.) so I brought his mom a brochure from the Challenger Space Center (close to where they live) which offers summer Space Camp classes. Long story short, he loved attending all day classes there for one week this summer and plans to enroll in their Lego Camp next summer. Because of his enthusiasm the younger brother will also attend Space Camp next summer. As they recently drove past the center, the son excitedly pointed out his Challenger Center, proclaiming that Space Camp was much better than Rec. Camp because they learned new things every day instead of just playing. Music to mom's ears!