Complete: English Tutoring in The Dominican Republic: $3,000 Raised! THANK YOU.
Our goal was to raise $3000+
$3,000 Raised. THANK YOU! Stay tuned for photos and updates.
Everyone donating at least $10 to this project was automatically entered into our 2014 Holiday Raffle.
In many countries knowing English can greatly change an individual’s future by opening up new job opportunities and furthering their education. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a 12 month program, proposed for implementation in both Santiago and Santo Domingo within the Dominican Republic. Each student’s tuition and expenses costs approximately $200 USD. It was our goal to fund as many students as possible with a minimum of 15 students for an overall goal of $3000. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible and 100% of donations go to our projects. Learn More
Say hello to Saeida Checo Gómez – Future Doctor
Saeida is 17 years old and lives with her parents and two brothers, Javier (16) and Saul (12). She has already finished high school and is currently a college student at UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo). Saeida’s biggest dream is to become a doctor and is particularly interested in psychology. As a doctor, Saeida will be required to speak English. She wants to grow and she believes that English is an essential part of that growth.
Learn more about Saeida and meet more students you will be helping, including Ray and Danilda.
Mike Takes on The Grand to Grand Ultra Race September 2014
For this project Aura’s House Partner, Mike Epler, competed in a long range challenge project to bring awareness to the English Tutoring needs for children who are part of Children International’s program in The Dominican Republic. You might remember that Mike spearheaded a similar community project last year to help hundreds of children from Little Rock, Arkansas get free preventive dental check-ups. Read more about how Mike runs to raise awareness and funds while also displaying super human feats of strength and endurance.
Mike recently trained and ran in the 273KM self supported 7 day Grand to Grand Stage Race, one of the Top 9 Toughest Ultramarathons, on September 21, 2014, to raise awareness and funds through matching challenges. No funds from this fundraising went towards the stage race but rather 100% of donations went towards the prospective students in The Dominican Republic. Read about how the race went.
The ESL Program is implemented through a set of four modules, generally covering the topics below. Funding covers the following costs: administration; teachers; student transportation cost; refreshments at student activities; textbooks; dictionaries; office supplies; and a Graduation Ceremony. Student awards are given at the end of each module to increase motivation. Additionally during special occasions students will be engaged in a debate regarding the holiday.
Module 1 – Conversation:
- Introduction & Greetings
- Discussing Places and Activities
- Making Suggestions
- Providing Directions
- Asking About and Providing Personal Information
- Asking about Family
- Conveying Likes & Dislikes
- Expressing Approval and Disapproval
- Speaking about Home Life and Past Events
- Discuss Individual Occupations
Module 2 – More Conversation:
- Discussing Common Dress, Personality, Past Activities
- Giving and Following Directions
- Making an Offer
- Expressing a Decision, Preference, Opinion, Agreement, Disagreement
- Taking Immediate Actions and Setting Achievements
- Discussing Weather
Module 3 – More Conversation, Adjectives with Negative Prefixes:
- Introducing Yourself to a Group
- Making Suggestions
- Talking about Rules, Planning, Summer Plans
- Ordering Food and Drinks
- Discussing Location, Sports Teams, School Duties
- Common Adjectives and Antonyms
- Adjectives with Negative Prefixes
Module 4 – Active Listening and Speaking
- Active Conversational Listening and Speaking
- Asking for Information on Transportation
- Confirming Information
- Expressing Grief
- Making Comparisons
- Talk about Future Possibilities in Technology
- Request Information and Clarification
- Understanding the Main Idea of a Text
- Understanding Another Culture
- Talk with Native English Speakers
- Building Vocabulary using Visualization
- Writing Objectives
Post Module Completion will include attending a Weekly Conversation Club:
- Discuss Topics in English
- Watch English Movies and Videos
- Listen to English Songs
For full certification, a final exam is administered and scored for each student.
More information on Children International’s past ESL Programs can be found at the links below:
This project is now complete, but please consider helping another worthy child, family, or community through one of our current active projects.