People from Mexico, Congo, Burma, Angola and other countries all gathered in one classroom, where the YWCA teaches English to people from all over the world.
At the YWCA of Black Hawk County, students from the University of Northern Iowa are learning how to teach English to people of diverse languages and cultures. And people from all over the planet are ready to learn.
The class is informal but there is structure and focus. Each group of learners, coaches, and interpreters are set into small groups, focusing on the tasks that they need to accomplish.
“I wanted to do something with my class that would be a community-based learning project,” said UNI language professor Elise DuBord. The project did not quite turn out as planned because many of the people the students work with do not speak Spanish or English.