Fluorescent lighting beams down on the heads of eager ESL students at the Graham Learning Center as they sit at round and rectangular tables.
The students, comprising a total of 45 adults, are ready to listen to the second lesson of the class. A few come in a little late after a full day's work.
Graham High School Spanish teacher Liesel Wilson starts the class, Speaking in both Spanish and English, and she points to items and identifies them in English. “Eraser, e-ra-ser,” she announces. The students repeat the word in perfect English. A document camera projector shows the lessons for the evening — how to carry on a conversation, the alphabet, vowels, letters, numbers, photo identification and how to operate and learn lessons on a computer.
Wilson begins the lesson in conversation with a worksheet as a guide for the students.
“Hello, my name is Liesel,” she says.
“Hello, Liesel,” replies one student.
The conversation continues with the students giving their names, and follows with a “nice to meet you, nice to meet you too, good bye, and see you later.”
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