Nancy's class is held every Thursday mornings: 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at 57 Wellington Street, Hamilton East. (a community house) I have been her helper for 3 years.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime."
Three years ago I got involved with the ESOL home tutor scheme (English for speakers of other languages) at the migrant centre in Hamilton. As a new migrant I noticed that many fellow immigrants from Cambodia, Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan speak very little English. They have a great deal of difficulties settling down in New Zealand. One gentleman from China put it this way: I was ok in China. In Hamilton I am a crippled and blind, deaf mute!
- crippled because he cannot drive a car to go and visit his friends or see this beautiful country. (no driving licence)
- blind because he cannot read road signs, maps, newspapers, books...
- deaf because he does not understand what the kiwis are saying to him at the check out counters, hospitals, telephones, radio, TV1 news...
- mute because he cannot speak to his neighbour, his children's teachers, his family doctor...