The Wonderful World of Teaching!

Did I mention that I teach an English as a Second Language (ESL) course? I started teaching when we moved here 8 years ago. It seemed only natural for me to teach ESL, being that English is my first language and Spanish is my second. And yes, I speak both fluently without any accent. My first teaching job was at my current place of employment, La Casa de la Cultura. It's our Cultural Arts Center. I can't recall how long I taught, or how much I was paid, but I do remember having only 2 adult students. Due to such low attendance, I was sent to San Isidro, a nearby ranch community. I had tons of students there, of all ages, from kindergarteners to senior citizens. But my pay wasn't very consistent. Sometime's I'd get paid in cash and at other times I'd get paid in gas vouchers. My father-in-law, would kindly drive me there in his old pick-up and wait for me while I taught for 2 hours. Bless his heart! Needless to say, I didn't keep teaching for long. And I dedicated myself to raising my children, caring for my home and helping my husband in his shop.

In late May of 2007, I was offered the job again, by one of my husband's customers, who just happened to be married to the new director of the Cultural Center. It would only be for 2 or 3 days a week, for 2 hours in the afternoon. And best of all, I'd be paid in cash, not gas!!! I've been working there ever since.

Recently, January 2009 to be exact, I took a leave of absence, again due to low attendance and a lack of advertising. I thought that it would be a few months before I returned to teaching. But, in February, I received another invitation to teach. And of course, I accepted. That Monday, I arrived at work 15 minutes early. (I hate being late!) I patiently waited for my students to arrive. 30 minutes passed by, and no students. I spoke with the director's assistant, and decided to try again on Wednesday. That Wednesday, the exact same thing happened. And it happened again, the following Monday. Finally, I decided that I wouldn't be returning, until more students signed up and actually showed up for class!

Last Friday, I was approached again by La Casa de la Cultura. I love teaching, so yes, I accepted. I'm praying that this time attendance will be much better!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

2 comments

  1. The english must be really most using in the whole of the world. Every nation must be adopted it directly or indirectly..That is the sign of the English importance in the all world..
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  2. English is widely spoken as well as popular language.It is very interesting that you decide to teach ESL programs to increase the proficieancy of the language of your students...
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