American English Center Start Up In Lebanon
by Sally Jarjoura
(Mieh Mieh,Saida, Lebanon)
Mieh Mieh Lebanon
Hello! I'm opening a small American English Center in Mieh Mieh, Saida, Lebanon, where I can tutor English & teach group English classes. We live in a small village just outside of Saida, next to the Mediterranean, approximately 5 km East of Saida & 45 km south of the capital Beirut. It is my hope that my center will provide me with the opportunity to fulfill a need & help my community to learn a new language that will enrich their lives with the knowledge. The center will be a student centered learning facility, focusing on each individual student's needs. We will be an English tutoring & American English learning facility, teaching EFL (English as a foreign language), providing tutoring in English if the student has the subject & teaching American English classes to students of other language curriculums.
Most children in Lebanon do not speak English & are being taught a French curriculum in school. This is an excellent curriculum, however it does not have an adequate English language component & leaves most students with an English language deficit.
Most of the graduates will leave the country due to the lack of jobs & seek employment in other countries. According to recent statistics, about 34% of Lebanese are looking to leave the country currently, & about 25% of the population is already outside the country, this means that over 50% of the population is either looking to leave the country or is already living abroad. English is widely spoken in the business world & it is necessary to speak, read & write it frequently & proficiently. Without education in this area the students are not fully prepared.
How Will Contributions Be Used?
100% of funds donated will be used to start up the language center. To make this work, my students and I need your support. The space where I plan to teach has only bare walls at this time. We need more than just the empty space.
Before I can get this program off the ground I will need to purchase the following materials:
Student Chairs; White Board; Printer (including lots of paper & ink); Office Supplies; Copies of Handouts For Students; Workbooks; File Cabinet; Business Cards; Banner & Signs. I'm sure there will be much more needed. Deposits will also need to be made for rent & electricity.
We have tables, some odd furniture & boxes of teaching materials. I will also be doing all construction, painting & preparing of the facility myself to conserve funds.
We are looking to raise $2000.00 to start up. Any donations over our goal amount will allow us to expand the program. I am already looking at adding computers for online learning in the future & an interactive white board.
AEC's mission is to provide high quality American English language tutoring & instruction to meet the academic, professional or personal needs of anyone who wants to improve their English skills.
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Gratitude & Thanks:
There are not words deep or wide enough to express the gratitude felt by both myself and those whom this fund will help to create brighter futures. Your contribution is our blessing. Thank you!