Conrad C. Heede                                e-mailCCHeede@aol.com
D - 5790 Governor - 1991-92                    Bus (817) 336-0321
D - 5790 Rotary Foundation Chairman - 1994-98  Fax (817) 282-2400
R.I.T.E Chairman  - 1992-99                    Res (817) 268-1612
Member of the Poverty & Hunger Alleviation Task Force

May, 1994

Texas/Mexico Teaching/Learning Experience

This program, started two years ago, is designed to send teachers from schools in District 5790 in Texas to Mexico for three to four weeks during the summer to teach English to Mexican students of any age.

The overall purpose of this program is: To promote international goodwill and understanding through this cultural exchange between our volunteer teachers and the Mexican students and Rotarians.

The specific objectives are:

  • 1. To teach practical English to Mexican students who would benefit from a working knowledge of English.
  • 2. For our teachers to learn some practical Spanish.
  • 3. For the Mexican students and Rotarians to learn more about our culture through the interactions with our teachers.
  • 4. For our teachers to learn a great deal more about the Mexican culture, customs, history, geography, etc. . . This international experience will provide our teachers with greater empathy and understanding for the Mexican people and they will be better able to teach students of Hispanic origins in their own schools in Texas. This experience will have a positive influence on their teaching ability as teachers for their entire careers.

    We have set some tentative dates for the program. These are somewhat flexible and can be adapted to fit their needs. They were set up however based on the suggestions of Rotary Clubs in Mexico and on those of our teachers:

    Teachers leave  : July 6th or 7th
    Registration    : July 7th and 8th
    Classes Begin   : July 11th
    Classes End     : July 29th (3 weeks) or Aug. 5th (4 weeks)
    Teachers return : July 30th or Aug. 6th
    
    The terms will be the same as the last two years. Each teacher will be sponsored by a Rotary Club in our District. That Club will provide round trip transportation for the teacher. If you can help get free or discounted air fares please do. In some cases such as with some border cities, the teachers might be reimbursed for mileage since they can drive to their destination (the Rotarians will provide for safe parking on either side of the border).

    The Rotary Clubs in Mexico will provide room, board and local transportation for the teachers. They will also find the students, obtain suitable classrooms and involve the teachers in the local culture. The teachers will visit the Rotary Club meetings as well.

    The teachers are all volunteers and there is no charge for the students to take the course. The teachers provide the teaching materials and use "English As A Second Language" curriculum.

    The classes can be set up according to size, type of students and/or existing language ability. Last year the Cozumel Club had two classes each of Intermediate and Advanced. They could be divided into other groupings as needed. Two teachers can teach roughly a total of 180 students in six classes. It is hoped that our teachers would also have the opportunity to learn Spanish, perhaps from Mexican English teachers who are also students.

    The teachers may be either male or female, Rotarian or non-Rotarian, of any age or race. We will send their applications to the Mexican Rotary Clubs in advance. We prefer that at least two teachers go together to any one area. They may be put up in homes of Rotarians or in other suitable accommodations.

    The teachers should be able to teach English using the ESL curriculum. They do not have to speak Spanish but it would certainly be helpful. Most of all, they need to be ambassadors of our communities, our country and of Rotary.

    We presently have opportunities in Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Irapuato, Matamoros, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Laredo, Vitctoria, Reynosa and Garza Garcia/Monterrey.

    Contacts: (1994)

    Conrad C. Heede,       Melody Bell           Jay Dodds
    D-5790 TMTLE Chm.      Teacher Coordinator   Club Sponsor Chm.
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    Bedford, Texas 76021   Hurst, Texas 76053    Colleybille, Texas 76034
    O: 817-336-0321        O: 817-488-6941       O: 817-281-8751
    H: 817-268-1612        H: 817-285-8119       H: 817-272-5696
    F: 817-282-2400 or                           F: 817-498-0721
       817-870-1850
    

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