Hispano Presents Fall 2005 Volunteer Training Series
School Interns Make a Difference
Bishops Support Immigration Reform
Games for Halloween
and Paid Job Opportunities
Celebrating Our Students' Successes
here at Hogar Hispano HQ sends you best wishes for a terrific semester. This
semester has gotten off to an awesome start. The learning is under way! We
enjoyed meeting many of you new volunteers at the recent Boot
During the next couple of months, the ESL staff hopes to make it
out to all of the sites to see everyone in action. Our volunteer site
coordinators report to us that classes are going very well. Thank you for all of
your hard work and dedication. We are truly humbled by your willingness to
sacrifice your free time. Thank you for helping those in need.
that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate Halloween in the classroom with
your students. Have fun and play some games. Halloween candy make great prizes.
Next month, you can celebrate Thanksgiving too.
Please sign up for one or
more of the upcoming trainings Hogar Hispano is offering this fall. Come to
learn practical skills and meet other wonderful volunteers.
for all that you do. Have a happy Hogar Halloween!
Hogar Hispano Presents Fall 2005 Volunteer Training
Jim Kenny, one of Hogar Hispano's bravest volunteers, can attest to how
fun our trainings are!
Please come to our ESL
trainings this semester! Trainings are a fantastic opportunity to get great tips
on spicing up your classes and meet other terrific volunteers like you. These
classes will count towards the 10-hour training requirement. All sessions are
held at Hogar Hispano (6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307, Falls Church, VA 22044).
If you plan to attend the sessions in October, you must RSVP to Phil Spencer at
703-534-9805 x243 or email@example.com.
For the rest of the sessions, please RSVP to Belle Peñaranda at 703-534-9805
x239 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP
today! Seats are limited!
Wednesday, October 12, 7-9 pm
Trainer: Sally O’Dwyer
Increase students’ language
participation in the classroom! Learn how you can make your classes more
dynamic, participatory, collaborative and cooperative by using strategies and
activities that get your students talking.
Saturday, October 22, 9-11
Trainer: Christine Roach
What’s the big deal about
charts, anyway? PLENTY. Discover how to use charts in class to concoct
conversation, community and cooperative learning. The best part is that they’re
incredibly simple and fun to do!
Saturday, November 5, 12:30-2:30
Community Building in the Classroom
Trainer: Phil Spencer
session will focus on creating a community within the classroom by teaching in a
non-traditional, student-centered environment that makes students feel “safe”
and leads to more peer-to-peer interaction.
Saturday, November 19,
Seeing Light Bulbs: Helping Your Students Get It
Learn tried-and-true techniques for giving an effective
presentation to your ESL students! The presentation is your time to shine in the
lesson plan, so make it good. These 12 tips are simple, yet so valuable in
helping your lessons click with students.
Saturday, December 10, 9
ESL Boot Camp
Trainers: Sally O’Dwyer, Phil Spencer, Belle
Experience how we put the “fun” in function while teaching ESL
with flair. We’ll also be teaching you how to create an effective lesson plan,
some creative ways to teach grammar, how to incorporate participation and all
sorts of other useful tips. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, December 14,
Civics in the ESL Classroom
For many of today’s immigrants, citizenship seems like an
unobtainable dream. For others, living in the United States without a basic
understanding of government and individual rights can impede their ability to
succeed. Learn how to integrate these important topics into your ESL classroom
and receive information about available resources.
High School Interns Make a Difference
Instead of hanging out,
watching television, or playing video and computer games, three high school
teenagers decided to make a difference last summer: they interned at Catholic
Charities Hogar Hispano to serve the immigrant community in Northern
Before the summer began, the teenage interns were carefully
selected. The teens completed applications, provided letters of recommendation
from their teachers, and interviewed with staff before being placed in Hogar’s
The interns were rising juniors Daniel Andrino, Kathleen
O’Dwyer, and David Leon from Thomas Jefferson, Bishop O’Connell and Washington
International High Schools, respectively. Each provided 10-20 hours of
assistance every week during their tenure with the office. Their length of stay
depended on their availability. All three made significant contributions in
their own way.
Not just a mindless internship that looks good on a
college application, the Hogar internship offered the three students both a
variety of office work experiences and meaningful contact with our immigrant
students. And these teens worked hard! To help prepare the program for fall
registration of ESL classes, they designed, copied and mailed thousands flyers
to potential students and immigrant service providers in the community. Using
their Spanish language skills, the interns answered phones and manned the front
desk. Each high schooler also worked side by side with staff in pre-testing and
placing students into the appropriate class level, as well as assisting in the
classroom. The interns were particularly effective in working one-on-one with
students who were learning to use a computer.
Daniel, Kathleen and David helped the
office prepare for a financial audit by conducting book inventory, cleaning up
the office and organizing files. They helped prepare for volunteer trainings,
sent out certificates and entered information into a student database. The high
schoolers helped recognize volunteers by creating and producing holiday
volunteer appreciation cards. They also mailed out postcards to remind former
students to come back to class for the fall semester, which proved very
While working for Hogar, the interns learned that even though
they are teenagers, they have much to offer those in need. They learned how an
office works, experienced what life inside a non-profit is like, and saw
firsthand what teaching is all about. Of her teaching stint, Kathleen said, “It
brought me face to face with the people who I’m helping, and reminded me of my
own attempts to learn Spanish. It’s interesting to see people that can hardly
speak a language that I know so well, and throws into perspective some of the
things that I take for granted. I’m glad that I was able to help them to better
Aside from the invaluable work that the interns
accomplished over the summer, the interns’ youthful enthusiasm and determination
to do good work was an inspiration to the staff at Hogar. The interns’
creativity, fresh perspectives and desire to serve was a breath of fresh air for
the entire office, and the staff at Hogar Hispano looks forward to working
closely with high school interns once again next summer.
U.S. Bishops Support Immigration Reform
By Bob Ashdown, Hogar
I enjoy the lesson, "Working for the
Future," in the beginning ESL text (Speak Out in English), because it
gives me a chance to get to know my students better. I hear about how hard they
work, many times without benefits, to provide for themselves and their families.
I think the Spirit has used what the students share with me as well as what I
have learned about my own immigrant heritage to nudge me to get more involved
politically in immigrant issues.
A bipartisan group of Senators and
Congressmen has introduced legislation, The Secure America and Orderly
Immigration Act of 2005, to reform our immigration system. Bishop Gerald R.
Barnes, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, United States Catholic
Conference of Bishops, expressed support for the draft legislation. He believes
that it best reflects principles for immigration reform set forth by the United
States bishop. You can add your voice to that of our bishops by encouraging your
elected representatives to support The Secure America and Orderly Immigration
Act of 2005 (S. 1033 in the Senate and H 2330 in the House).
In my town
of Herndon, a coalition of faith-based and civic groups called Project Hope
& Harmony has proposed the establishment of a formal day labor site for
immigrants seeking work, which the town council has since approved. The site
will provide day workers job placement, training and linkages to related
services, and a more hospitable environment than available at the informal sites
where day laborers congregate today. It will also deter employers from taking
advantage of the workers, many of whom are here illegally and have no recourse
today when subjected to unjust treatment.
To learn more about the Secure
America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005, please visit the Bishop's Conference
Migration and Refugee Services website.
Ghastly Games for Halloween
Here are some
fun ideas to use during the month of October:
Some students may have customs
similar to Halloween in their country. For example, Mexicans celebrate the Day
of the Dead in the fall. Comparing the two holidays can make for an interesting
discussion in low to intermediate classes.
Use Halloween to teach
“feeling” words. Talk about different feelings, using pictures. Then have
students draw a face that represents a particular feeling, and then explain it
to the class. They could draw their faces onto a blank pumpkin handout or an
actual miniature pumpkin.
Use page 276 in your Speak Out in English
Teach some Halloween vocabulary, including verbs and nouns.
Then, in small groups, give students three Halloween words and tell them to make
up a story including all three words. It might help to brainstorm as a class
before breaking up into groups. They should talk about the story as a group,
write it down, and share it with the class when they are finished.
about different Halloween costumes and the custom of trick-or-treating. Write
the costume words down on index cards. Give each student a card. Using a simple
dialogue like the one below, have students pretend to trick-or-treat, then
switch cards and do it again!
“Trick or treat!”
“Who are you?”
a [insert costume word].”
Celebrate! Dress up and bring in some candy
corn or other treats.
Volunteer and Paid Job
ESL department is looking for 1-2 dedicated volunteers to coordinate the hugely
successful Sunday and Tuesday/Thursday classes at St. Rita's in Alexandria. No
ESL experience is necessary-- but it's helpful if you're bilingual and very
organized! This is a perfect opportunity for someone who loves to meet new
people and wants to get their feet wet in ESL. Please contact Belle at
703-534-9805 x239 or at email@example.com.
with numbers? Come hang out with the ESL staff at the Falls Church HQ and help
us get our very first student database off the ground. We ask for a commitment
of 4 hours a week during the daytime. No previous experience necessary. Please
contact Sally at 703-534-9805 x222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizenship Now! Site Coordinator
STATUS: Part-time (20
Hogar Hispano, a non-profit
organization dedicated to serving the immigrant community, seeks a dynamic,
multi-talented individual to oversee citizenship-based English as a Second
Language (ESL) classes. Primary responsibilities include: managing volunteer
teachers, substitute teaching, monitoring classes and providing instructor
student support. Hours will be Monday-Friday from 5:00-9:00 PM and occasional
SUMMARY OF MAJOR DUTIES AND
- BA in Education or related field preferred, currently completing BA
- At least one year of experience in ESL and/or adult education preferred
- Proficiency in Spanish
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet
- Proficiency in multimedia editing software preferred
- Superior writing skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Self-starter with ability to work well in a team environment
- Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
- Able to work nights Monday-Friday and occasional weekends
- Valid driver's license
1. Observe, assess and support volunteer instructors
Collaborate with the ESL team to train volunteer teachers
3. Communicate with
teachers on a daily basis and hold bimonthly program evaluation meetings
Solicit student feedback to assess satisfaction with the program and its
relevancy to students' lives
5. Substitute for volunteer teachers when
6. Lead class field trips to locations such as the National Mall
and National Archives
7. Provide individualized support to students prior to
their citizenship exam
8. Attend monthly citizenship workshops sponsored by
9. Enter, calculate and report program statistics
Other duties as deemed necessary
How to Apply:
Please e-mail, fax or
mail your cover letter and resume to Sally O'Dwyer.
Mail: Hogar Hispano
6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite
Falls Church, VA 22044
Bits and Pieces
Fashion Tip: Buy a Hogar Hispano T-shirt!
Promote the Hogar
Hispano ESL program and make a fashion statement at the same time! Here are just
some reasons why you should order one (or fifty!):
The T-shirt is 100% cotton and
reads, "Hogar Hispano: Serving the Immigrant Community" and comes in small,
medium or large. The cost is a measly $7 (plus $3 shipping)-- get one today!
Send an e-mail to email@example.com
with your name, T-shirt size, and quantity needed or simply call 703-534-9805
- The white tee is excellent and safe to wear for trick-or-treating
- A stylish way to show what an awesome volunteer you are to the whole
- Makes a great gift to all of your friends and family for the upcoming
- Makes a comfy nightshirt for those chilly autumn nights
- Look snazzy during a night out on the town!
- Makes a terrific conversation piece
- Perfect for the gym or your morning jog
- Support your favorite ESL program!
Presented by REEP
(Arlington Education and Employment Program)
Friday, October 28, 2005, 6-9
Saturday, October 29, 2005, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
ESOL Basics is a two-day
workshop (Friday and Saturday) that provides a comprehensive overview of the
specialized knowledge needed to teach ESL. Participants will discuss issues in
second-language learning; learn ways to teach speaking, listening, reading, and
writing; practice lesson planning; and share ideas with colleagues.
register, call Jennifer Fadden at (703) 228-7231 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Techniques for Working with Multilevel Classes
REEP (Arlington Education and Employment Program)
Saturday, October 29, 2005,
9:30 am-1:30 pm
In this workshop, hands-on activities that will help you plan
for and manage a multilevel class will be demonstrated.
To register, call
Jennifer Fadden at (703) 228-7231 or e-mail email@example.com
Saturday, October 22, 2005, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
WATESOL Members, $35; Nonmember $45; Volunteers $20
To obtain a registration
form, click here.
Montage: Celebrating Students' Successes
(clockwise, from top left): 1. Students from the summer session proudly display
their certificates of achievement. 2. Volunteers, students, and ESL staff see
how low they can go at an end-of-class party. 3. Citizenship students pose with
their teachers in front of the Capitol during a celebration field trip. 4.
Mario, a citizenship class student, shows off his new naturalization
We want pictures of you and your students!
See them in the next edition of E-news. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
classes, legal counseling and representation, naturalization assistance, job
placement services, and social services.
We want to know what you think! Thank you for
Jane Shestack, Hogar Hispano Director
O'Dwyer, ESL Coordinator
Nemser-Abrahams, Citizenship Now! Grant Manager
Penaranda, Associate ESL Coordinator
Christine Roach, English Literacy/Civics Grant Manager
Spencer, Associate ESL Coordinator, 9/11
6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307
Church, VA 22044
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