This is our new type of English class – the coffee-drinking, couch-sitting, dog-petting kind!
The Bridge no longer offering official Adult Education classes. Instead, we are encouraging adults to utilize the ESL instruction offered at Iowa Central. Our fearless and former Adult Ed Coordinator, Angie, left huge shoes to fill, and we simply didn’t attempt it for some time. Eventually we saw an opportunity to continue in our primary calling at The Bridge – relationships with each other and with God. We realized we can supplement an individual’s ESL learning with the opportunity to have a conversation partner and English-speaking friend outside of class.
So, we opened up our neighborhood centers for individualized, casual, and relational learning. We had already purchased iPads to use during Adult Ed classes, and they are working wonderfully at Seneca Center for ESL! These ladies come weekly and have a ball using ESL apps on the iPads! We informally practice conversation skills and, of course, get some coffee and tea time in as well.
This has to be one of the very best ever uses for iPads. Technology has allowed me to simply open my home to friends and, at the same time, offer an opportunity to build English skills. Simple. Engaging. Effective. 🙂