On Tuesday, March 8th, the Excellence Center concluded its current session of Intermediate I. The class was brought to a close with a final oral exam to assess the personal growth of each student from the time of the course’s mid-January start date. The exams were conducted by Intermediate I teacher, Melanie, from Canada, and American volunteer Lauren, who are both participating in the Center’s Teach English Speak Arabic (TESA) program.
Intermediate I covered a wide range of topics, expanding students’ vocabularies and their ability to converse with confidence. The class used a variety of activities that kept students engaged and interested in improving their English, such as video clips, readings, guided discussion, and listening to English music. Through these activities, students were exposed to a number of different accents and speaking speeds. Students were then tested through a midterm and final oral exam. Most students found the course very effective, with one student saying, “It will go down in the history books.”
The last day of class was bittersweet, with both students and teachers sad to say goodbye. Teacher Melanie recalls one of her favorite memories with the class; during a brief absence, the students wrote her letters to welcome her back. Intermediate I was truly a special course for everyone who participated. Each student brought something unique to the classroom. “They were all so nice!” said Melanie