Refugee English Language Learners

As an extension of Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church’s refugee welcome family project, Dennis Nelson and five others formed the “Amphi Reading Roster” and began reading one-on-one with refugee children in grades 9 and 10.  Some of the students are just arriving in Tucson and many others are reading well below their grade level, this work is both critical and rewarding.

Volunteers spend 30 minutes with a student selected by Katherine Engel, Amphi teacher and English Language Learning  (ELL) coordinator.  We go to the school library and the student selects a book of interest.  Volunteers work with 2 students in a one-hour time frame, concentrating on pronunciation and memorizing sight words. One of our favorite phrases is “Look at my mouth as I say this word.”

A related MSPC project dubbed “Faith in Action” involved collecting children’s books for “Reading Seeds,” a Literacy Connects program. The program provides books for youngsters to select and take home.

Note you do not have to be a member of MSPC to be involved in this important project.  If you would like to read with refugee students, you are welcome.  Contact the chur