As a way of continuing to develop the women of Inzozi Nziza’s skills, while I’m here, a big part of my job is teaching English classes. A year and a half ago when I was working with the women here, English classes were normally a big group with all the employees in the afternoon. This time, because of their new schedule, English classes are normally smaller and more individualized. The women’s English and general education levels vary greatly, so for some women I am focusing on their ability to communicate with customers who may only speak English and a basic level of English. For others at a more advanced level, we are working on reading comprehension and new vocabulary.
This morning Leocadie, Alphonsine, Julienne, and I worked on conjugating regular verbs into many different tenses and using them in sentences that relate to the ice cream shop in an effort to improve and expand upon their interactions with customers.
Towards the end of the lesson, we reviewed the vocabulary of all of the parts of the body. The women surprised me by being familiar with the song “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes” and wanting to keep practicing it until they were able to sing the entire song by themselves. I was very impressed and excited by their enthusiasm.