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Spanish/English Conversation Circle and Language Learning

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We meet from 6:30 to 9 pm once a week, with the first hour for large circle conversation (translated into both English and Spanish), and the remaining time spent in smaller group or pair language learning. This may be about 45 minutes of English learning and 45 minutes of Spanish learning, but we will work out these specifics together when we see what the needs and wants of most people in the class are. Another option will be setting aside some time for class members to take turns teaching other skills, cultural information, etc. We will meet in the large kitchen area of a home, with room for about 20 people in a circle. When we split up for smaller group work, there are two other rooms we can use as well. Children are welcome. We ask that each person come with at least one question to contribute to the discussion in our large conversation circle. We try to apply Paulo Freire's premise that everyone is a co-teacher and a co-learner.

Nos reunimos de 6:30 a 9:00 pm cada viernes. La primera hora sera dedicada a un circulo de conversacion (se presenta todo en ambos, espanol e ingles), y el tiempo restante se utilizara para trabajar en grupos mas pequenos o parejas. Esta segunda parte de la clase se puede dividir en mas o menos 45 minutos de aprendizaje en ingles y 45 minutos en espanol, pero esto es flexible dependiente de las necesidades y deseos de la mayor parte de la clase. Otra opcion puede ser utilizar parte de tiempo para que cada miembro ensene algo, por ejemplo dar informacion cultural o explicar diferentes habilidades a sus companeros. Nos reuniremos en la cocina grande de una casa, con espacio para aproximadente 20 personas en circulo. Ademas, hay dos otros cuartos que podemos usar cuando nos dividamos en grupos mas pequenos. Pedimos que cada persona venga preparada con una pregunta para contribuir a la discusion. Tratamos de aplicar el premiso de Paulo Freire que postula que cada persona sea un participante activo tanto en la ensenanza como en la aprendizaje.

6:30 a 9:00 pm cada viernes

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private home Bloomington, MN 55437
United States
Phone: 952-888-4531
Facilitator's experience: 
I've tutored English as a Second Language in a number of settings and organizations over the years, and have some formal education in ESL and language acquisition studies. We will also have in our group at least two other people with ESL and college writing center tutoring. Jane Addams School of Democracy is one facility I and another person here have experience with, and we are attempting to do on a smaller scale, and in the Southwest Metro area, what they do on a larger scale in St. Paul. He sido tutora de ingles como segundo idioma en una variedad de ambientes y organizaciones a traves de los anos, y tengo educacion formal en la ensenanza del ingles y los estudios sobre la adquisicion del lenguaje. Tambien, tendremos por lo menos dos otras personas con experiencia como tutores de ingles como segunda idioma y escritura a nivel universitario. Otra persona y yo tenemos experiencia con la escuela "Jane Addams School of Democracy" (Escuela de Democracia Jane Addams), y nuestra intencion es hacer lo mismo, pero a una escala menor, en la sudoeste de la area metropolitana.
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Additional class time information: 
If another evening than Friday is better for most participants, we are open to changing the evening in the early stages. This class is ongoing, so I haven't listed an end date. It meets weekly.
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private home Bloomington, MN 55437
United States
Phone: 952-888-4531
44° 49' 29.3916" N, 93° 20' 51.8928" W
Additional class location information: 
The home is near France Ave. and Old Shakopee Rd. Address and directions provided upon request.
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