"The students love having free conversation classes and are very interested in getting to know each other and more about the different cultures represented in the class. Usually, the discussion ends up being about food in some way, and after one class, Narcisa from Ecuador, volunteered to cook for the class and bring in some of her favorite dishes from her home country. The students were very curious when Narcisa walked into one class carrying many bags. She brought Mote Pillo, Arroz, Estofado de Carne Molida, a special homemade sauce, and Tortillas. As all of the students helped set the tables and serve the plates, one student ran out to the Ecuadorian supermarket next door to grab some Jaritos for the class to share as well. Everyone was so thoughtful and curious and excited to try the delicious food. Food and dining culture from different countries is always fun to experience since they can vary so much. Eating together was a great way to share different customs and eating habits to help us learn more deeply about each other and our different cultures. Food creates a relaxed atmosphere to allow students to ask each other questions and have conversation in a more relaxed way. It was such a selfless gesture for her to cook for all of us, about 12 people, and share a bit of her culture and tradition. Many students never have the opportunity to try another countries food, so it was a really fun event for them to try new foods and learn about different cooking styles!"
-- Kristina Laskowski, Lead ESL Teacher and Volunteer Coordinator
We got a new laminating machine just in time for flip book production which makes Debra Trainer (office assistant) very happy as she is dubbed the "laminating queen."
The flip books are part of the package we provide with the Spanish Language Training Program designed for police officers, firefighters, and other city staff. We have been developing this particular flip book in collaboration with the Richfield Firefighters who keep them in their bags, which are taken on the site of any fire or medical emergency.
The first edition of the flip book contained medical terms and the Spanish words for body parts alongside a easy reference chart (seen above, left photo). We quickly realized that this could be more than just a study tool or a cheat sheet. It could be used when assessing medical needs. For example, we have revised the flip book to include a color-coded pain scale chart commonly used in Spanish-speaking countries (seen above, right photo). Behind the pain scale are half sheets filled with phrases used into the following scenarios/situation:
Language Central is honored to receive another donation from the Rasmussen - Northeast Bank Foundation. This is the 3rd year that the foundation has invested in Language Central. We are grateful for their continued support!