Hogar Hispano E-Nunciations
 A 'Zine for ESL Teachers and Volunteers

February 2004

In this issue...

1.  Newsflash!  Job Opportunities at Hogar

2.  Did You Know...  Immigrant Rights: The Church's Legislative Agenda for 2004

3.  Upcoming Teacher Trainings

4.  Tip O' the Month:  Veteran Hogar Teachers Share their Best-Kept Secrets

5.  Teacher Resources:  Free Virginia Maps

6.  Hot Links: Websites for Teachers

6.  Tell Your Students... Food Stamp Eligibility; Bush's Immigration Proposal

7.  Volunteer Opportunities

8.  Wish List



Newsflash!  Job Opportunities at Hogar


We're expanding here at the Hogar office!  Please pass on the following job listings to anyone you know who might be interested.


1.  English Literacy (EL)/Civics Grant Manager: Immediate opening for an experienced ESL instructor to develop a web-based ESL curriculum, recruit and train volunteers, and coordinate a large ESL program in a team-oriented office.  Spanish helpful.  Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required.  Computer skills necessary, including webpage design.  Must have valid driver's license and own transportation.  Some nights and weekends required.  Send a résumé and cover letter to Sally O'Dwyer at mailto:sodwyer@ccda.net.

2. Paid Summer ESL Intern: $2000 summer internship available to full-time undergraduates (rising Soph., Jr., or Sr.) in June-July (dates flexible).  Opportunities include teaching adult ESL, coordinating summer classes for approx. 100 adults, and learning about the social, linguistic and legal needs of the immigrant community. Send résumé and cover letter by email or mail to Ginny Callahan at mailto:gcallahan@ccda.net.  Open until April 15.


3.  Immigration Paralegal: Immediate opening to collaborate with staff to manage a full caseload in a fast-paced environment.  Two years of immigration law experience or training preferred, particularly in family- and employment-based cases.  Fluency in Spanish and valid driver’s license required.  Open until March 1.   Send a cover letter, résumé, and three references by mail or e-mail to:  Megan H. Mack, Esq., Supervisor of Legal Services, mailto:mmack@ccda.net.


Hogar Hispano Physical Address: 6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307, Falls Church, VA 22044



Did You Know...  Immigrant Rights: The Church's Legislative Agenda for 2004


Help be an advocate for your students -- both in and out of the classroom!  According to the Arlington Catholic Herald (1/15/04), the Diocese of Arlington has adopted a legislative agenda which supports a number of measures to secure immigrants' rights.


Here are the issues:

·          Many Virginia businesses depend on immigrant labor.

·          Many documented and undocumented immigrants living, working, and paying taxes in Virginia cannot secure driver's licenses.

·          Having unlicensed drivers compromises road safety and drives up insurance costs for other Virginians.

·          Many children of undocumented immigrants may be denied a college education even if they have lived here for years and graduated from a Virginia high school.

·          Hispanics are targeted for robberies because they carry large amounts of cash.  Without recognized identity cards many are unable to open bank accounts and cash checks.

·          Recent changes in federal law have restored food stamp eligibility to many legal immigrants, but many low-income immigrant families are unaware of this nutritional assistance program.


Here are the measures the Diocese supports:

·          Prudent measures to insure that all resident immigrants in Virginia have access to driver's licenses.

·          In-state tuition rates for immigrant children whose parents are residing, working and paying taxes in Virginia without regard to immigration status.

·          Continued recognition of identification cards issued by the Mexican goverment (matriculas).

·          A multi-cultural state outreach campaign to ensure that low-income immigrant families know how to obtain food stamps.


Get involved!  Contact your legislator by phone, email, or letter.  Visit http://legis.state.va.us/ to find out how to contact your representative.


For tips of contacting legislators and more information on the Legislative Agenda, read the full article in the Arlington Catholic Herald.  Go to http://www.catholicherald.com/articles/04articles/legagenda04.htm.




Teacher Resources:  Free Virginia Maps

Bob Sutter of St. Anthony's ESL uses free Virginia maps to teach his advanced class about the geography of our state, and how to locate cities, highways, etc.  This can be used in lower-level classes as well.  Call 804-786-2838 to get your own free Virginia maps from the Department of Transportation. 



Hot Links:  Websites for Teachers

Puzzlemaker, quizmaker and other tools for teachers http://school.discovery.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html

Teach-nology http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/work_sheets/
More quiz makers; word searches -- more tools for creating worksheets, word searches and other.

These links courtesy of VALRC. For more info, visit their homepage at http://www.aelweb.vcu.edu/.



Upcoming Teacher Trainings

Free training opportunities to community volunteer ESOL teachers, provided by Fairfax County Adult Ed Program.  Held at Marshall H.S. near Tysons Corner, Saturday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Advanced reservations are required.   Call 703-714-5560.



Tip O' the Month:  Veteran Hogar Teachers Share their Best-Kept Secrets


If you weren't able to make Hogar's Swap Meet, you really missed out!  For those of you who aren't familiar with it, this workshop is given by our volunteers, for our volunteers.  Experienced teachers share activities that work well in their classes.  The language used in the activities should always be pre-taught first.  Here are just a few great ideas:


Picture Dictator:  The teacher has a simple picture that she does not show to the students.  Instead, she describes the picture to the students and they have to draw it.  After they draw it, the teacher shows the picture to the class, and students check to see if they got the picture correct. (You will have to pre-teach the words of the items in the picture, and probably words such as: next to, beside, above, below, to the right of, and to the left of, etc.).  ~Shared by Leslie Buckley


Rhymes and Songs:  Try simple, funny rhyming poems or songs in class.  The beat and the rhythm help the students get going while emphasizing syllables for them, and making them pronounce every sound.  A silly rhyme also helps break down barriers between student and teacher, and gives everyone something to laugh about.  Need some simple rhymes? Try searching google for "rhymes".  Avoid poetry that is complicated or has strange word uses.  Our presenter, Carol O'Connor demonstrated her technique with "Rain Rain, go away, come again another day…" and "It’s raining, its pouring, the old man is snoring".  Have fun demonstrating to your class what snoring means! 


Sound Off:  After teaching the alphabet, ask your students to line up and say every other letter in the alphabet.  Its HARD.  Or, after teaching numbers, get your students to sound off in a line-up saying every other number. Or, have them count backwards.  Very challenging! ~Shared by John Burke


Dialogs:  Use prepared dialogs that you, the teacher, make up for the class.  Make it fun by using names of persons in the class in the dialog.  Students will listen closely if they are the subjects in the dialog.  This is a great way to give high interest to your teaching. ~Shared by John Burke


Ain't Slang Fun?  Our intermediate teacher, Gwen Kjellberg, teaches her class a new slang word every class. She uses short phrases or words, such as to “be broke”, “give a hand” or “luck out”.  She teaches these words by using them in context, and by acting them out.  Go for it and try this out in your class!


Taming the Grammar Monster:  Help your students learn key grammar by having them write down verbs and their tenses on an index card.  To teach the present tense of “to be”, have your students write down: I am, you are, he is, she is, etc. on an index card. Have students carry the index card with them to study it whenever they have a minute or two -- waiting for the bus, standing in line, etc.  By providing a few key grammar elements in bite size pieces on index cards, the students are less likely to be overwhelmed and more likely to learn the essential grammar rules they need to know to speak the language with success. ~Shared by Christina Eliffe-Odum



Tell Your Students


Food Stamp Eligibility: Good News for Refugees and Asylees

As of October 1, 2003, all refugees and asylees are eligible for Food Stamps on the same basis as U.S. citizens. There is no time limit, as long as they meet the other program criteria. Note that this does nothing to change the regulations for SSI - a major concern for refugees and asylees who are elderly and/or disabled.  It is still crucial that they begin from day one to learn English and prepare for the citizenship test, which they can take after they have had their green cards for five years (four years for refugees, whose cards are backdated to date of entry.) Otherwise, they will lose their benefits after 7 years.

For more information, visit the Food and Nutrition Service at www.fns.usda.gov.

(Thanks to CAIR Coalition and Patricia Hatch for this information.)


What is the President's Immigration Proposal?

Thanks to CLINIC, (Catholic Legal Immigration Network), we have this handy, English/Spanish guide to the president's new immigration proposal.  If you have students who ask you about the proposal, you can offer them this information.  To print out the flyer, click on the attachment below (in Microsoft Word format.)


Free Tax Assistance

Community Tax Aid (CTA) provides free federal and state tax return preparation services to low-income individuals and families in the metropolitan D.C. area.  Many low-income workers do not see the need to file tax returns but they can file to have withholdings refunded. They may also be eligible for the Earned Income Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credits which the taxpayer can receive even if they owe no tax.

You can download a list of more than 40 additional free tax preparation sites in DC, sponsored by organizations including CTA, at http://www.dcfpi.org/eic2003/outreach.htm.  If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Teresa Hinze at ctavol@aol.com or (202) 347-4811.



Volunteer Opportunities


·          Dawson Terrace Senior Center in the Courthouse area of Arlington is in need of an ESL volunteer for one hour per week in the daytime (usually 11:00-12:00 noon)

·          Sunrise Assisted Living: volunteer needed to instruct Sunrise staff, one afternoon per week in Arlington (times are flexible).

·          Hogar Hispano's main office in Falls Church is in need of an intermediate level ESL volunteer on Fridays from 11:30 am -1:00 pm.

·          Nativity Catholic Church in Burke is organizing an ESL program to begin in March.  Classes to be offered Saturdays, 10:30am -12:30 pm. 

·          ESL Intern needed to work approx. 10 hours/week at Hogar's main office in Falls Church.  Hours are flexible. 


Contact Ginny at 703-534-9805, ext. 239 or mailto:gcallahan@ccda.net for more information on any of the opportunities above.


·          Help Others to Become U.S. Citizens.  Volunteers needed to help fill out U.S. Naturalization applications at this Citizenship Workshop. Training provided. March 13, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Held at Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Contact Esmael Husseini at 703-534-9805, ext. 237 or mailto:ehusseini@ccda.net. Workshops held every 6-8 weeks, so if you can't make it to this one, look out for the next one.



Wish List


Cleaning out your garage or office?  Keep us in mind.  Hogar Hispano is in need of the following items.  Give us a call at 703-534-9805, ext. 222 if you can help. 

1. Refrigerator (full size)
2. Commercial size coffee maker
4. Chairs for offices and waiting room (not executive style armchairs--they are too big)
5. Small table to hold fax machine
6. Ergonomically designed computer keyboard
7. Gel wrist rests for computer mouse hand
8. Telephone headset
9. Laptop computers with CD drive (IBM compatible)
10. TV with VCR (should be portable--we will use it for presentations)
11. Camcorder
12. Digital camera/ Passport camera (which can take 2 identical photos at once) 



Hogar Hispano is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to immigrants of all nationalities and religions. As part of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Hogar Hispano helps newcomers achieve self-sufficiency and successfully integrate into American society by offering a wide range of services at little or no cost. Hogar Hispano offers English as a Second Language classses, legal counseling and representation, naturalization assistance, and social services.

Workplace ESL:  The ESL Staff at Hogar Hispano is available to set up on-site ESL classes for employees at your workplace.  Contact Sally O'Dwyer for more information.

Let us know your thoughts!

Sally O'Dwyer, ESL Coordinator



Ginny Callahan, Assoc. ESL Coordinator



Leslie Buckley, ESL Trainer



Hogar Hispano Catholic Charities

6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307

Falls Church, VA 22044

ph 703-534-9805, ext. 222

fax 703-534-9809



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