This fall, we’re going to be launching a new initiative across a number of our projects.
Since we’ve been going back to the same communities for a number of years now, many of our students have had the opportunity to learn quite a bit of English, after working intensively with our volunteers and of course studying hard!
We know this is going to have a huge impact on them as these middle and high schoolers grow up and start to think about becoming the first members of their families to get a college education! English is a skill that certainly stands out!
In order to best prepare these students, we’ve designed a program to help them read some of the standard high school English works that they would read if they were students in the US.
The Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Flies was chosen because it is an example of a quintessential 20th Western novel, and is a great reading level for middle school or high school students. For many of our kids, this will be the first full length novel they’ve read in English (stepping it up from the short stories and magazine articles we usually work on through the programs).
Since this is the first large scale work they’ll be reading in English, we thought it would be good to gather donations of the book as well as supply every student with a copy of the Lord of The Flies audio.
This, we feel, will help them to assimilate the work a little more easily, as well as add an element of fun by having a native English accent to listen to as they read, helping their pronunciation!
The Grapes of Wrath
This is a great novel, and we chose it because it gives huge insights into the trials that many in America went through during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.
We feel that because this story tells the tale of a working class family struggling to find work, and overcoming adversity in order to thrive, it would be a good motivational message to send to the kids, that with hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of creativity and daring, they’ll be able to overcome any obstacle they’re presented with.
The hardest point about this novel will undoubtedly be the elements of American vernacular that are intertwined into some of the dialogue, but we’ll be there to help the kids through, and hopefully they’ll see the parallels between their hard work here in Guatemala and this classic Steinbeck work.
Thanks so much for your support and we’re looking forward to kicking off this exciting new school year!