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


November 2003
In this issue:

1.   Newsflash!  Important Message

2.    You're the Boss!  But are you a fair employer?  Take this quiz and find out. 

3.    Upcoming ESL Teacher Trainings and Education Opportunities

4.    Tip of the Month: Go Interactive!  

5.    Zero Prep Lessons -- Thanksgiving activities that will get you in the spirit

6.    Hot Links  

7.   Snow Policy : To cancel or not to cancel

8.    Volunteer Opportunities



1.  Newsflash!

Dear Volunteers:

This is our first attempt to send you the Hogar Hispano ESL newsletter through cyberspace; so please bear with us!  We hope to save trees and postage and reach even more people and programs out there that wish to learn more about us. Please let us know how we are doing.

 The weather has been crazy lately.  Please be sure to keep your students’ phone numbers with you in the event we have a cancellation.  Don't forget to teach your students our snow policy (also contained in this newsletter).

 It's Thanksgiving, and I want to thank you for giving the best gift of all to your students -- yourselves.  Your dedication to serving others is inspiring.  Thanks for all that you do!

Sally O'Dwyer
ESL Coordinator, Hogar Hispano




2. You're the Boss!  But are you a Fair Employer?  Take this quiz and find out.  (See answers at the end of the newsletter.)


Saving Time:

Your crew boss catches you before you start interviewing people for a job.  He says, "Find out if those two near the door have their 'green cards' before you waste your time."

 Did you discriminate in hiring?    Yes        No


The Cooperative Executive:

You are president of a company.  After hearing about INA's (Immigration and Nationality Act)  penalties for hiring undocumented workers, you issue a memo stating, "Let's go along with the government on this one.  Please be careful when hiring people who look like they crossed the border illegally."

 Have you engaged in national origin discrimination?         Yes    No

Have you engaged in citizenship status discrimination?    Yes    No  




3. Upcoming ESL Teacher Training and Education Opportunities


ESL Swap Meet:  Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Hogar Hispano's main office in Falls Church.

Veteran volunteers share their best-kept ESL secrets with you!  Free!  RSVP to Sally at sodwyer@ccda.net.

Directions to Hogar Hispano:  From 395, take the Route 7/King Street West Exit (Exit 5), towards Falls Church.  Follow Route 7 West (it  will turn into Leesburg Pike) for approximately four miles.  At the intersection of Patrick Henry and Route 7, turn left at the light.  Hogar Hispano is located in the first building on the right, 6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307.  Parking and entrance are in the rear of the building.




4. Tip of the Month: Go Interactive!

 ESL instructors must provide opportunities for students to interact in English with each other in order to learn the language in a meaningful way.  After the teacher presents new material—be it on a grammar topic, vocabulary, or civics—students need to work together in pairs or groups on activities that reinforce the lesson.  Students who work interactively with other students have more time to practice speaking in English; can expand on the topic of conversation themselves; tend to take risks in using their new language; and take responsibility for learning.  Students working together provide support for each other, sharing abilities and tasks. Moreover, when students work together, the teacher is free to walk around the room and evaluate student progress. 

 To implement successful activities in the classroom a teacher MUST: 

Good interactive activities include: line-ups, match-ups, prompt cards, games, peer teaching, skits, role-playing, interview charts, presentations, and much, much more.  For more information, see Hogar Hispano’s Teacher Toolbox, which outlines how to use these activities in the classroom. 


 5. Zero Prep Lessons -- Thanksgiving activities that will get you in the spirit


   Hey, Turkey!  Teach your class about Thanksgiving using these cards (click here) .

   What are you thankful for? Use this interview chart to get students chatting (click here) .

   How many words can you make out of "thanksgiving turkey" (click here) ?



6. Hot Links

Internet TESL Journal  (click here) .

This is the cyber home for all Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL)!  This monthly web journal offers teaching techniques, lessons, articles, fun handouts, teaching ideas and lots of links.  Check out November's journal--find out what "the Mistake Buster" is, peruse back issues, and tap into "Things for ESL/EFT Teachers" for games, activities, conversation questions, and JOKES!  If you like the Internet TESL Journal, you can subscribe for free!




7. Snow Policy: To cancel or not to cancel

Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means: SNOW DAYS! Please tell your students about our policy before the first snow storm hits.

Our ESL classes should follow their respective county and parish's cancellations.

•  Weekday Classes: Cancelled if the public schools in the same area are closed.  Check Fairfax County , Loudoun CountyPrince William County , and Arlington County .

•   Weekend Classes: Follow respective Parish CCD (Sunday School) class cancellations, which are usually announced over the radio. Tune in to WTOP 1500 AM or 107.7 FM .

 If you have questions about canceling classes, please contact your site coordinator.  We urge you to err on the side of caution, and cancel classes if there is any doubt about the safety of the road conditions. In order to inform students of cancellations, please keep a list of your students' phone numbers and encourage the students to keep your phone number on hand in case they need to contact you.

 We hope this policy will help keep everyone safe during the holiday season.



8. Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving Drive Volunteers.  The volunteer will keep detailed records of donors and the immigrant/refugee families.  Also needed are donations of turkeys, canned and/or non-perishable food; in December will need donations of Christmas toys.  Contact Jennifer Brower at 703-534-9805, ext. 236, or at jbrower@ccda.net.


Computer teachers needed to teach basic computer skills to immigrants who are learning English as a Second Language (weekdays).  Contact Ginny at gcallahan@ccda.net.


Maintenance helpers needed to maintain the computer lab, update Windows and anti-virus checks periodically, install software, etc. Networking experience is a huge plus!  4-6 hours commitment per month.  Contact Ginny at gcallahan@ccda.net.


Adult ESL Teachers:

Training provided, no experience or second language required.  Our spring semester starts in January.  Commitment of 3 hours/week (evenings, weekdays, and weekend times available).  Class locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Please fill out the online application by clicking here.  Contact Ginny at gcallahan@ccda.net.


Help Others to Become U.S. Citizens

Volunteers needed to help fill out U.S. Naturalization applications at this Citizenship Workshop.  Training provided.  January 17, 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 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.


Walk for the Homeless

To support Catholic Charities’ Christ House and other organizations in the D.C. area.  Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m., downtown at the National Mall.  Register on-line  or on-site (at 7:00 a.m.).  Call 1-877-WALK-HTH for more information. If you want to support Christ House, enter the Catholic Charities’ code (CHALX) on your registration form.




Answers to the "You're the Boss" Quiz:


Saving Time:

Yes, you discriminated.  First of all, it is recommended that you wait until you hire an individual before asking him/her for papers to verify his/her identity and work authorization.  However, if you ask for papers ahead of time only from people who appear to be "foreign," you are discriminating on the basis of national origin .  You must treat all applicants the equally, and when you review their papers, you cannot insist on seeing particular documents if they have already shown you valid documents.  Otherwise, you are engaging in document abuse .


The Cooperative Executive:

Yes, you are engaging in both types of discrimination (national origin and citizenship status) .  When you ask new hires to fill out the I-9 Form , you must do so for all new hires.  Also you must treat all new hires in the same way when verifying work eligibility, regardless of whether they are immigrants or members of a particular nationality.


For more information on immigration-related employment discrimination, contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel ,  at 1-800-255-7688.




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, and social services.

 Let us know your thoughts!

Sally O'Dwyer, ESL Coordinator

Ginny Callahan, Assoc. ESL Coordinator

Leslie Buckley, AGAPE Job Hotline Developer and ESL Trainer

Hogar Hispano
6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307
Falls Church, Va. 22044
703-534-9805, ext. 222
Fax: 703-534-9809


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