On Monday, March 6th, our first year English as a Second Language (ESL) students went to Hope Elementary School to teach the local elementary students about Chinese New Year. The chaperones for the trip included Ms. Ramirez, Mrs. Sonja Pratt, Mrs. Christine DiBenedetto, and Mr. Jacob Grosz. Each chaperone led their ESL students in their classroom responsibilities at Hope and we appreciate all their hard work preparing the students for this event.

As part of their English emergent component to the ESL program, the students practiced their English writing, speaking, and listening skills. The ESL Cadets led 2nd and 4th grade students in four rotations regarding the Chinese New Year Holiday. They shared centers that focused on the history of Chinese New Year, they taught common Mandarin phrases, how to count in Mandarin, and a led a chopstick tutorial. To prepare for the field trip, the students had to prepare lesson plans, practice their presentations in the classroom with counselors, and teach their lessons to their elementary students. The ESL Cadets did a fantastic job as student teachers and leaders in the classrooms. They not only taught in English but they also had an opportunity to share their culture and language to the children. It was amazing to see the natural exchange of cultural and global communication.

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