S: First Baptist Atlanta ESL 2010-2011
BC: English as a Second Language | Photographs and Design by Bonnie Annis | "...Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you..." Matthew 28:19-20
FC: First Baptist Atlanta ESL 2010-2011
1: First Baptist Atlanta English as a Second Language 2010-2011 | Staff: Deanie Waldrop, Director Mary Scott Laughlin, Assistant Director Teachers and Interpreters: Gio Aguirre Bonnie Annis Toni Brown LaVonda Cates Soo Chung Val Cross Toni Dillard Fanny Gonzalez Penny Goodman* Bonnie Lewis Gyasi Massey* Francis Miawama Imelda Pena Claudette Robinson-Henry Dorothy Schmidt Karen Shoemaker Faye Sklar Jay Sexton Susan Sexton Heidi Sawires Freya Simmons Janene Sullivan* Alyce Tasso Mike Thio *teach at Shallowford Gardens
2: Interested students sign up for classes
3: Registration Day for ESL
4: Registering for classes
5: Signing up for Citizenship Class
6: First Baptist Atlanta’s ESL program began in 2003 under the direction of Sandra Upton. When the program first began, classes were small, but quickly increased as students spread the news of free English classes among their friends and families. There was a great desire to learn the English language.
7: In 2008, Deanie Waldrop became the new Director of the program. Currently there are 5 staff members working alongside 17 teachers. | These teachers volunteer their time each week to help students The ESL program of First Baptist has enrolled 130 students from 27 countries this year. These students are learning English as a Second language and are in various stages of proficiency from the Beginner level to the Advanced level. Students are evaluated at the beginning of the school year and placed according to their speaking and comprehension level .
8: IDEAS THAT WORKED | Evaluation of students | Val Cross evaluates a student's level of proficiency.
9: We have students from all over the world.
10: Minette Njonjo shares her testimony
11: Each Wednesday evening before classes begin, we have a time of worship. Susan Sexton and Mike Thio lead us in a time of singing. The students not only learn simple worship songs, but are able to practice using their English skills as well. Students are sometimes asked to share their testimonies. These times of sharing bless the teachers just as much or more than the fellow students. After the general assembly, students disperse into their various classes.
12: As you well known, I had an accident a month ago, I had had a surgery. Now I am recuperating little by little. I want to thank you for supporting me in this time of tribulation. Thank you very much for your good wishes and thoughts. During this time away from work, I had the opportunity to hear each of the messages through the messenger, you gave me for Christmas.The message has influenced me is the number 5 which speaks of repentance. Talk of genuine repentance. Sometimes I asked the Lord for forgiveness for mi sins, but there were still struggling with the same situation. I always complained that I did not have time to read the Bible, for a time of prayer, so I always asked the Lord for forgiveness, promised to him, reading the Bible, and have prayer time, but then I forgot what I had promised; now I have enough time for reading my Bible and time for praying and understanding what the Lord wants for me. Another message that God has given me is the number 14, which speaks of how to face difficult circumstances. After my accident, there was something that bothered me, and tried to blame someone for this, but I realized that God loves me so much he has given this time of trial and tribulation. As you know my husband and I work for the same company, I wanted to get out of that job, because it uses a lot of force, and I am not very strong as men, but for some reason the Lord wants me to stay there. Our boss is in cancer treatments, he needs our help to take forward the work, and I think the best I can do is stay there until the Lord’s plans change. I keep praying for Rusty’s health, and that one day my husband starts a member of God’s people. I ask God every day to continue to lead my life. To understand His plans, so every day I dedicate myself in the Lord’s hands. Sincerely, Jacinta Yoder
13: by Jacinta Yoder | Personal Testimony | "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
14: Why English as a Second Language? First Baptist Atlanta's desire is to reach people for Christ. By offering English classes, we are able to do just that. People come to learn how to speak and read the English language; but more importantly, they are surrounded by the love of Christ during the time they are here. Friendships are formed between students and teachers allowing trust to be built and opportunities to share Christ. Students, though on various levels of proficiency, can understand the gospel through visual presentations and interpreters. The "Jesus" movie has been instrumental in causing students to seek further information. Messengers, donated by In Touch Ministries, are also a unique way to present the gospel via Dr. Stanley's recorded messages. We are blessed to have so many different avenues to reach our students. God continues to grow this ministry as we are obedient to His direction.
15: Our vision is to touch the world with the Word of God, motivated by a passion for God and compassion for people.
16: Learning is fun...
18: Faye and Soo hosted a Saturday afternoon drop-in party on Saturday from 2 to 4. Twelve students plus four spouses and three children attended. Coffee, hot tea, orange juice and soda were served, along with various desserts, fruit, chips and cheese. Several students also brought food. Most of the conversation was unstructured, of course, but we did spend some time asking different people to share something about themselves that we did not already know. Because not all students know each others' names, and we certainly do not know the names of spouses, everyone wore a nametag, which was very helpful. Students seemed to enjoy the social opportunity and one student told Faye that it was her first time to visit an American home and that she was excited. We considered the party to be a successful ESL event and a personal blessing!
20: A lesson in how to prepare for teaching a Beginner ESL lesson By Bonnie Annis On January 5, Val Cross and I were teaching English as a Second Language to beginning ESL students. That week we were going to reinforce the concept of colors while incorporating a new concept of clothing. Val had eagerly prepared for the lesson by going to the Missionary Care Center at the church. She had gone with the intent of borrowing some articles of clothing to use as visual aids in our lesson. The class arrived and we proceeded with the lesson. Val began with a review of colors. The students did well and we readied for the next part of the lesson. Clothing articles were introduced and the students had fun learning the names of the various pieces of clothing and accessories. Then, we decided to make the learning a little more fun . We decided to let the students use their skills in a shopping activity. First, articles of clothing and accessories such as belts, necklaces, earrings, purses, and jewelry were laid out on tables in front of the class. Students were called up one by one and asked to find the “blue sweater” or “grey pants” etc. Students did well remembering the colors, but needed a little help with the articles of clothing. We continued on until each student had a turn. Next, Val and I decided to challenge the students to use their skills with one another. We modeled the new activity where one person would be the store clerk and the other would be the customer shopping in the store. It was fun to watch the students use our model conversation – Customer: “Hello” Clerk: “May I help you?” Customer: “Yes, I need a blouse.” Clerk: “Here is a blue blouse.” Customer: “But I want a red blouse.” Clerk: “We don’t have any red blouses. Blue blouses are very popular this year.” Customer: “Ok, I will take it.” Clerk: “Ok.” Customer: “Thank you.”
21: The students had a lot of fun and even allowed the humor in their personalities to show through as they repeated the activity among themselves. Things were going along well until we changed up the shopping adventure, and began to ask the students again what color various items on the table were. With the jewelry, we were focusing on getting them to use the color words “gold” and “silver.” Val had borrowed a watch, some earrings, a necklace, and a ring from the church clothing center. We proceeded through several items and the students were correct until we got to the ring. As Val asked the next student what color the ring was, the student looked confused. She first said “blue” “no, green” “no brown.” I walked over to the student thinking she needed help and found out Val was in for a big surprise! “She’s right Val,” I said. As I picked up the ring and held it in my hand, it changed color again. I started to laugh and turned to tell Val, “It’s a mood ring!” She laughed hysterically and we then had to try to explain what a mood ring was to the students. Moral of the lesson: Pay attention to your teaching tools or the lesson may be intended for you instead of your students!
23: We had a special Christmas celebration with musical entertainment by the Deanie's husband, Harry, told the Christmas story to the children, and they were excited as he asked them to actively participate by clapping when they heard him say a certain phrase. Harry encouraged them to visualize the birth of Jesus as he vividly explained the night of our Savior's birth. The children were really tickled when "Santa", Sam Smith, appeared to give them gifts. Everyone enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship. It was a joyous time of celebration! | Mike Thio
24: Santa Sam Smith
25: J O Y
26: Christmas Joy
27: Our Christmas Celebration
28: Bonnie Lewis teaches Citizenship class | Alyce Tasso & Dorothy Schmidt teach Low Advanced students
29: Soo Chung & Faye Sklar teach the Advanced High | Soo Chung & Faye Sklar teach the High Advanced students | Francis Miawama , Mike Thio & Heidi Sawires teach the High Beginners
30: See you next year! | Val Cross & Bonnie Annis teach the Low Beginner students | Karen Shoemaker and LaVonda Cates teach High Intermediate students
31: See you next year! | Freya Simmons and Toni Dillard teach Low Intermediate students | Mary Scott Laughlin, Co-Director & Deanie Waldrop, Director