Sponsor-taught English Language Classes
Friends of Niños Adelante has a long history of dedicated sponsors who have organized and taught English classes to our becados during January and February. They have worked with José Bustos to identify and recruit students for the program and have dedicated their time to teach basic conversational English skills to 30- 40 becados. To accommodate students who attend both morning and afternoon public school sessions, classes are held in the morning and late afternoon. Classes are held three times a week for as many as six weeks each year.
Beginning with Ty Bujold, Shelagh and Ross Yarnell, Leif and Lois Lindblom a cadre of teachers has included, Anlee Schaye, Elsa Nelson, Len and Beth Draving and Tim Ellis along with others who have contributed their time and effort. Some have retired while others have taken up the cause. Recently, board member, Margaret Diglio has stepped forward to lead this effort and organize the English classes.
We anticipate that this proven program will continue into the future as it has become a major factor in improving our students' English language skills. The classes are also important in identifying students who have demonstrated through their dedication and drive that they are good candidates for the organization's sponsored . Niños Adelante has engaged a professional English-language teacher who holds classes throughout the year.
Becados are voluntary attendees at these classes.