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Ana is an expert!

Posted by chriswilhelm on August 13, 2010

During the Monday, August 2 session of the Essex House English Learning Circle on Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, we practiced English by talking about our own personal gifts and talents. Ana Guevara, who has lived at Essex House since emmigrating from El Salvador three years ago, said her talents were cooking and taking care of children. We then made a map of our community in order to examine all of the different places where we need to use English during our daily lives. We decided to use the map to focus each class session on a certain location and the English phrases and conversations that might take place there.

Next session, while discussing English phrases related to health and medical care, Ana told us that she was a doctor’s assistant in El Salvador for fifteen years before moving to the US! Talk about gifts and talents! We used Ana’s experience working in the medical field to practice simple conversations that might take place between a doctor and a patient.

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