ESOL Participants: Learning English, Understanding Customs, Enjoying the Cultural Diversity of the United States.
November 29, 2016
ESOL Coordinator, Theodore Sampieri (left) with ESOL volunteer teachers Anastasia Bazilevskaya and Jim Higgins. ESOL has taught English language and American customs to hundreds of international students and scientists who have visited the Lab over the years.
“When I arrived at the Lab about four years ago, the ESOL program had only been in existence for several years,” said Sampieri. “I wanted to expand the program by implementing innovative instructional methods that would help our visitors and their family members learn and understand the English language, and assist them in their adaptation to American society. But it doesn’t stop there. We introduce the students to our customs, music, gestures, social interactions, legal systems, the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution, and even our American holidays. I also help them with their professional development, computing skills, resume writing, and simulate job interviews.”
1. Andreza Rodrigues 2. Chengyan Yang 3. Ying He 4. Amba Chouhury 5. Arunima Patra 6. Anastasia Bazilevskaya 7. Jinghua Ouyang 8. Wei Lu 9. Afrin Ahmed 10. Veronica Fama 11. Mousumi Roy 12. Beibei Niu 13. Xueduo Xue 14. Weiwei Xia
The ESOL program has a dedicated classroom located in the Lab’s recreation hall, equipped with visual and audio aids that help expedite and enhance the learning process. Sampieri teaches classes five days a week, but he receives some volunteer help from ESOL participant Anastasia Bazilevskaya, a teacher who hails from Russia and relocated to the United States with her family when her husband joined the Lab as a scientist.
Jim Higgins (left), an engineer in the Nuclear Science and Technology Department and an ESOL volunteer, meets routinely with Theodore Sampieri, coordinator of the Lab's ESOL program, to discuss teaching methods.
“We have many success stories to tell,” added Sampieri. “We currently have two ESOL participants employed locally, one who has received her driver’s license, and another who obtained U.S. citizenship and voted in the recent Presidential election. The ESOL program has helped hundreds of international students and scientists who have visited Brookhaven over the years. Student after student, year after year, we see positive results. As a teacher, watching the students gain confidence and become successful is the best outcome I could ever hope for.
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