English Language Program
English language proficiency has become an important qualification for university students seeking degrees in medical fields or hoping to pursue graduate work in an English speaking country.
For that reason MEF added several programs to increase opportunities to learn English.
Computer based study of English was made available to the FEPMaya office, and students making progress with that program are eligible to participate in a two week, one-on-one English learning experience during their year-end break. Scholarship aid is available to those students facing upcoming English language proficiency exams for intensive course work in Guatemala City.
The volunteer English instructors report that their Maya students make remarkable progress in spoken and written communication in that short time. The students even end their program by giving short speeches in English. MEF extends its thanks to the wonderful volunteer teachers that have made this program possible for over a decade now.
Due to the pandemic and ensuing travel restrictions, ESL 2021 was not to be. However, ELP volunteer coordinator Randhi Wilson found a way to give 30 Maya students in Guatemala the opportunity to participate in the ESL online classes of the Beaverton Literacy Council in Oregon. What a great way to keep the students engaged and learning!
A donation of $200 to the English Language Program will allow a Maya student to participate.