I have been teaching ESL with ProGente Connections for a year and a half. When I first began in September 2017 I had never taught ESL before, so I was incredibly nervous. Who am I to be teaching ESL to adults older than me, with no experience? my anxious brain kept asking back then, and sometimes still does. I learned that English being my first language goes a long way, as does our curriculum partner Intercambio’s fabulous materials. Most importantly I learned that, especially with introductory ESL, expertise is sometimes less important than relationships. A successful class isn’t about me, it’s about a sense of community.
I have always taught. In Sunday school when I was 15, during my High school internship and have never stopped, both in Brazil and here in the United States. I have taught Portuguese and Literature, English as a second language, Portuguese as a second language, but it was only in 2015 through ProGente Connections and Portuguese Plus that I started teaching Portuguese as a Heritage Language.