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A New ESL Project in Chennai, India

On December 5, 2012, Ann Foundation offered me the opportunity to lead the orientation class of our new project in Chennai, India. Through this project, 30 children of diverse ages will receive ESL classes via Skype in partnership with Mr. Damodaran, who heads Breaking Barriers for the Physically Disabled. Taking on this challenge and meeting the children was an unforgettable experience. The reception was warm, and the children were full of energy. They introduced themselves in English by telling their name, class and school.

On December 5, 2012, Ann Foundation offered me the opportunity to lead the orientation class of our new project in Chennai, India. Through this project, 30 children of diverse ages will receive ESL classes via Skype in partnership with Mr. Damodaran, who heads Breaking Barriers for the Physically Disabled. Taking on this challenge and meeting the children was an unforgettable experience.The reception was warm, and the children were full of energy. They introduced themselves in English by telling their name, class and school. They said they look forward to the classes and are eager to converse fluently in English. They promised to utilize this opportunity to the best of their ability. I found that some of the older children seemed to understand, yet could not speak in English and was moved when one of them emphasized how important these ESL classes would be in refining their language skills, not only helping them to speak with confidence, but also to excel academically.

The orientation session emphasized removing their fear of speaking English and introduction to the English language, various aspects of the language, need for spoken English classes and basic grammatical concepts. I was pleased to find the children well organized and well behaved. They seemed to take the class in stride and interacted without hesitation. I am sure our volunteers will enjoy teaching these energetic children in the days to come. In my opinion, I’m privileged to teach such a deserving audience, and I extend my heartfelt thanks to Ann Foundation and Ann for such a wonderful opportunity.

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