Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Learning ABCs

I tutored a Hispanic guy who doesn't know the English alphabet. He knows the Spanish alphabet, so I thought that would help. We ended up spending 20 minutes just on pronunciating the alphabets B & V. Because B & V in Spanish sound the same, he couldn't pronounce the V sound in English. I asked him to put a finger across his upper lip to stop himself from closing his lips to form a B. He looked around the room to see if anyone was looking because he felt embarrassed. I did it along with him for awhile, but he couldn't seem to do it without the finger on his upper lip.

Tutoring people like that reminds me that there is no shame in learning.

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Blogger andrea said...

Eddy,

how can I find a job teaching in prison? It has been on my mind for days now, and the idea won't leave. I'd like to teach physics, or math, or Spanish or Chinese.. but I don't know HOW to get in.

peace be with you.

Andrea

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