I have been involved with immigrant families since 1985, when a friend and I began reaching out to Southeast Asian families that had recently arrived here from Cambodia. Over the next 7 years our outreach included building family friendships, in-home English language
instruction, and church invitation and involvement. Soon I began to study Khmer language; becoming sufficient in Khmer enabled me to secure employment with The School District of Philadelphia as an ESL
tutor. I helped English Language Learners from many global regions such as Latin
America, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. I instructed many children with the daunting task of learning to speak, read, and write a new language.
My present goal is to instruct English Language Learning adults and international students. Having acquired much experience from serving foreign peoples, I believe I can wholeheartedly give of myself to others that desire to learn another culture and language. During the summer of 2013, I began tutoring a university-level student from Mali, Africa. Already fluent in French
, I was able to assist him with English conversation and writing
assignments. During the spring of 2014, I began tutoring a young athletic man from Senegal, Africa. He is successfully learning to read and write English "from the ground up," with little previous education. I also currently teach two classes of adult immigrants for a church-sponsored ESL program; one class of beginning-level students and another class of intermediate-level students.
These English Language Learners and I rejoice together in their academic progress as well as in our building of friendships. The student from Mali wrote, "As a foreigner, I did not know any English when I first came in the US, but after meeting George, my English was gradually getting better to the point that I can now interact with any English speaking person . . . he helped me to fulfill one of my biggest goals in life, which was to write and speak fluently the English language." (updated 11/28/2014)