EFL Teachers Learn in Louisville

Our second group of international EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers arrived in Louisville last Sunday after a busy week of learning about risk management in education in with Global Ties Detroit. Their program, which they continued in Louisville, focused on risk management through things such as emergency procedures such as missing children, strangers in the building, etc and organizational techniques such as photo id practices, emergency contacts etc. Throughout the week, we set up meetings for them so that they could learn more about Louisville’s cultural and educational institutions.

The visitors headed for Catholic Charities, where they were able to observe the English language training activities that help refugees achieve self-sufficiency in their lives in Louisville. Afterwards, they had the opportunity to eat at Catholic Charities’ restaurant, the Common Table, which empowers those who need assistance by training them to cook, similarly to how the ELT program empowers refugees who need help acclimating by teaching them English. After a delicious lunch, our group went to Los Monitos, which is a language company that offers private instruction, translation, and interpreting, as well as a number of camps. At Los Monitos they met with camp administrators to learn how language learning is incorporated into the large variety of weekly summer camps. Following Los Monitos the visitors had a debrief about the interesting activities of the day, after which they were welcomed at formed Metro Council member and active community leader’s Tina Ward-Pugh’s home for dinner and discussion about the day.

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The next morning, our group visited the Kentucky Science Center, where they observed and participated in the Science Center’s unique camp setting to develop implementation skills for various topics such as emergency lockdown procedures and documentation techniques. They also had the ability to meet with camp leaders, as well as tour the science center exhibits. Following their tour, the group had the opportunity to eat at one of the great cultural restaurants in Louisville, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant. After lunch, the visitors headed to the Reading Rockets Summer Camp, a six-week intensive literacy program, of St. George’s Scholar Institute. The literary camp includes Harambee sessions, integrated reading curriculum, and life skills enrichment activities. 

Photos from Day 2:

After a good night’s rest the visitors took to the outdoors at Camp Piomingo, an overnight camp facility that has hosted generations of campers from this region. They had the opportunity to join in some camp activities and meet with camp administrators to learn about management, administration, and programming. After a busy and fun day at Camp Piomingo, visitors continued their outdoor excursions by either going to Kentucky Shakespeare in the Park’s showing of Julius Caesar or checking out the Big Four walking bridge.

Photos from Day 3:

The next day our visitors headed to the Wesley House, which provides affordable childcare for working parents, intervention programs for young people at risk, and computer training for people entering Louisville’s workforce. The group met with some administrators to learn more about the Wesley House mission to empower families, individuals, and communities toward self-sufficiency. For lunch, they went to the Grape Leaf, a Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, where they discussed the morning’s events. After lunch they went to the museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, which is dedicated to preserving and presenting the educational history of blind people, and they learned about how the museum documents the historic contributions of the Printing House to the blind community as a whole. After an interesting day at the Wesley House and the Printing House, the group closed out their trip by taking to the water on the very first voyage of Louisville’s new riverboat, the Mary M. Miller.

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