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Learning English locally

Dear Editor:

I came to this country from Indonesia two and a half years ago. At that time, everything was difficult for me. I was very shy and I didn’t have confidence to meet people. I couldn’t understand when people talked to me.

Last summer I joined English in Action (EIA), a nonprofit organization that works with immigrant adults in the Roaring Fork Valley. EIA has offices in Aspen and El Jebel. EIA tutors one-on-one with their students for an hour a week. All tutors are volunteers.

After almost a year on a waiting list I got a tutor. I am glad to have Kim Scheuer to be my personal tutor. She is a great teacher. She knows what I need to improve my English, and to develop my confidence in interacting with the community. She also encourages me to be a better parent for my daughter. It means a lot to me. Thank you so much, Kim.

Now I feel more comfortable meeting people and communicating with them. I feel comfortable answering my phone and talking to my daughter’s teacher, even though my English still needs a lot of practice. Also I feel more confident to raise my daughter and teach her to speak English. I am very thankful to have EIA in our community to support immigrant adults with dedicated tutors. I hope the organization can grow so the waiting list is not so long for other people.

Shinta Damayanti

El Jebel

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