Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Learning Culture Belongs to Language Learning

As it did last year, Karen Lankeshofer’s intermediate ESOL class at the Rush-Henrietta Adult Literacy Program carved jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.This was a first-time experience for many of the students who come from a host of nations. The class had already learned about the customs associated with Halloween. Now they had the opportunity to put their new-found knowledge into practice.pumpkin-carving-2012

Small groups designed, held and cut, all the while discussing in English what they imagined the end product would look like. After the pumpkins were successfully transformed into jack-o-lanterns, the class held a lottery to determine who would take the jack-o-lanterns home. There was a lot of fun, a lot of laughter and a lot of English learning!