As published in the Red Rock News
Hello to all Red Rock News readers! My name is Jami Rangel, and I am the new Bilingual Outreach Specialist at Sedona Public Library. I am delighted to have made my home in the Verde Valley and thrilled to be working in beautiful Sedona. I am especially excited to share the news that the Library will again offer a weekly Spanish Conversation Group and a Beginner ESL Class. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! But first, a bit more about me.
My husband and I moved back to Arizona in January 2019 from Athens, Georgia, where I had worked for two years at the Athens-Clarke County Regional Library as a Bilingual Passport Acceptance Agent. I really loved working there and was pleased to learn that Sedona Public Library was looking for someone for bilingual outreach! I am happy to share my experience in teaching both English and Spanish to the local community.
After I had earned my Master of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Culture at ASU, my husband took early retirement, and we decided to move to Granada, Spain.
I earned my TEFL Certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in the Albayzin of Granada, and I was hired as a Teacher/Trainer there as well.
I mentored people from all over the world who came to learn how to teach English as a foreign language. What an amazing adventure that was! I enjoy learning about cultures and the diversity of populations.
At the Centre we had a diverse group of adult students: retired university professors; Japanese students studying abroad; young professionals who wanted to advance their careers; and some students with plans to visit the United States one day. I admired them all. It was during my intense training that I realized just how difficult it is to learn English as an adult, and how much I love teaching!
Now, back to our exciting Library news! I am happy to share that the Spanish Conversation Group has started again. We will meet every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Study at Sedona Public Library through the end of June. Our first meeting, on March 10, was a fun meet-and-greet for everyone and a good time to practice Spanish language skills. If you’re interested in joining this group, let me know as space is limited. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also excited to announce our beginner’s ESL (English as a Second Language) class for adults is now scheduled for Mondays,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through the end of May. If you know of anyone interested in learning English, please share this information and my contact at email@example.com. This is for adults only as we do not have childcare available at the Library.
También estoy emocionada de compartir nuestros planes para una clase de ESL (inglés como segundo idioma) para principiantes programada para los lunes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. hasta finales de mayo. Esta clase es solo para adultos, ya que no hay guardería disponible en la Biblioteca. Si conoce a alguien interesado en aprender el inglés, por favor comparta esta información y mi correo electrónico de contacto: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sedona Public Library
Column for March 18, 2022
Written by Jami Rangel, Bilingual Outreach Specialist
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