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In this, our third of five installments in our “New Voices” series (read more about the series below), we hear from 46-year-old Jennifer. When she read this essay last Spring, she was just about to get her General Education Diploma (GED).
(You can download the audio of Jennifer reading her essay by right-clicking on the link or you can stream it by clicking of the play button.)
New Voices (you can listen to the first installment HERE, and the second installment HERE) came about this past Spring when The Big Something recorded personal essays by a group of students, many of whom, though not all, are immigrants learning English as a second language. Others are adults studying for their GED while working full-time jobs.
Their teacher, Sue Spengler, writes:
Teaching adults is beyond rewarding; I feel as if I am teaching two generations at once, because I know that whatever they learn, they will then be able to pass on to their children. My students inspire me every day with their persistence, determination, and often humor in the midst of it all. I repeatedly profess to them that EVERYONE has a story to tell, and that theirs are just as important as anybody elses.
Although they may be reading at the middle school level, many of my students are second language learners whose speaking and writing skills are still developing. So I have them talk and write about their lives. Thanks to KRCC, they now have a chance to tell them. I am so proud of their courage.
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