Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016

Today was, or we guess will be, a typical week day.

We met with one or more new converts and read the Book of Mormon with them.  Since English is NOT their native tongue, this can be quite challenging for them.   So we do a "round robin" in reading 1 verse each in the Book of Mormon and then making sure that the new member understands what is being said in that verse.  This is a good learning experience for us as we have to find a way to explain what is going on - we use words, pictures, drawings on the white board until we can finally get the point across.  When the person you are teaching has never known that any god exists, it is a novel thing for them to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Then I worked with one of the YSA members on their resume.  This is fun because we get to learn what they do for a living (or want to do), where & what they have learned in school and how well they know the English language.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a practice test for the IELTS (International English Language Test System) which is the standardized testing used by Australia (and the UK) for testing immigrants on their English language proficiency.  Permanent residency and some jobs are dependent upon the person attaining a specific level (grade) on the IELTS.  We provide practice tests as a community service.  After administering the test, we take time to help the students understand the areas that they had trouble with - this week I had to learn about prepositions and when to use "can" versus "could" to help one of the students.  We do a lot of 1 on 1 teaching, but that seems to work better than group sessions since everyone is at a different level.

Sister Haley doing a 1 on 1 essay review and training

Depending upon the number of IELTS students and the test that day, we may head for home any where from 8 to 9 pm.  Thank goodness the flat is just around the corner.

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