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Study Abroad for NYC Public High School Teacher

Organized by: Chris Heagle

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THE STORY:

Imagine what it is like to be a public high school teacher - stressful, chaotic, time-consuming, highly rewarding. My students deserve every opportunity available to them, including a teacher that is capable of communicating with them in both their native (home) language AND the target language of instruction. I am a high school ESL/ELA teacher at International School of Liberal Arts, a bilingual Spanish/English school in Kingsbridge, Bronx. 100 percent of the student population is considered an Emergent Bilingual Learner (EBL). As one can imagine, being competent - or even functional - in both languages would allow both students and teachers the greatest chance at creating a dynamic learning environment; one where students can feel free to express themselves by all linguistic avenues available to them, aka translanguaging; one that does not limit them to speaking only in one language. Sadly, I am functional in only one, not both, language of my place of employment. I aim to rectify this situation. I am planning to spend the summer of 2017 in Santiago, Chile in a superintensive course at a well-respected Spanish language institute. The requested amount (USD$3200) will cover tuition costs for the 3-4 week course (USD$910), which includes 20 group lessons per week, as well as 10 individual lessons. Apart from the tuition costs, my accommodation will include a four-week home stay with a Chilean family, at a cost of USD$1080. The requested amount will also include round trip airfare costs between my home airport - JFK airport in New York City - and Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile; average costs between these two airports in July/August is roughly USD$1200. My students deserve to have a teacher that not only helps them to advance their English language skills but is also capable to assist in their continued native (home) language development. Any assistance that can be provided will not only be highly appreciated by me, but also my students.

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