Ignacio & Jim

Ignacio has been working with his tutor, Jim, since January 2014, and both have seen significant improvements not only in Ignacio’s reading and speaking abilities but also his confidence.

Ignacio recently had his review at work in the Spring of 2015, and he said that it went very well and that he will be getting a raise! He attributes it to working hard and being a dependable employee. He also said that he feels much more comfortable at work than he did in the past because he is better able to communicate with his supervisor now.

According to Jim, in the last year, Ignacio has also become more engaged with his three daughters school activities, i.e., parent teacher conferences where he is more comfortable about being there, because now his daughters do not have to serve as translators between him and their teachers.  Also, during his daughters’ soccer season, he is more comfortable socializing with the other parents.  Before, he said he would just drop them off and leave because he felt intimidated since he didn’t feel he could communicate well enough with the other parents.

With Jim’s help through Whatcom Literacy Council,  Ignacio’s hard work and dedication to improving his English skills are paying off at his job and in all aspects of life.

Andres & John

Lupita & Cindy

Lupita teaching Tai Chi at the Deming Library.

Cindy and Lupita have been working toward the goal of Lupita becoming more involved in the community. Lupita decided she wanted to teach Tai Chi and she set a goal to be able to express herself in English (her second language) as a Tai Chi instructor.

Lupita recently began offering free classes in Tai Chi at the Deming Library.  She teaches a children’s class  and an adult class which are both well attended.  Cindy is actually one of her students and says she’s doing an absolutely beautiful job!

Veerpal & Kate

Veerpal and Kate

Kate and Veerpal started meeting in August of 2009. They have been working for over a year to support Veerpal’s work from her Whatcom Community College English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, as well as building general conversation and writing skills. They’ve used a wide range of materials, such as nursing books, word puzzles, recipes, songs, poems, stories and computers during their sessions. Veerpal recently met her goal of exiting ESL classes at Whatcom Community College. This means she was able to pass an exit exam that showed proficiency as an advanced student in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Congratulations to Kate and Veerpal!

Veerpal’s Story

“I want a tutor because I want to learn English, reading and writing. I want to learn English because I’m living here, and I have a problem every day because I’m going somewhere and I need to speak English. If my kid is sick and I visit the Doctor’s office, I like to speak correct English, not broken. And my kids, they are now going to school. I want to meet the teacher. So I want to learn English and get better, and talk to each other.”

“I have learned how to use verbs, tenses, adjectives, and nouns. Before I have problems for speaking, I’m always shy. But I didn’t speak English, but now I’m doing well. At work, everyone says, “Veerpal, now you’re doing good.”  My teacher, she is teaching is good.”

– Veerpal

Kate’s Story

“I love working with Veerpal because she has so much motivation to learn English – she has learned so much in the year we have been working together. When we first began to work together she seemed somewhat shy, but I have learned that this was not her true personality. As she has become better at speaking, she has become much more open and talkative, asking so many good questions that I can’t always answer right away! She also brings me Indian food, which is quite delicious.”

“The experience of working with a variety of different adults with different skill levels and backgrounds has been eye-opening for me. It is an experience that I really value and I look forward to seeing Veerpal flourish, and to working with other adults who want to learn, or improve, their English skills.”

– Kate