by Sally Sapega
When Emma Zhang moved to the United States from China in 2016, she already had a solid education—an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business. But she knew that in order to truly “make it” in her new country—which included a desire to start an IT consulting business with her husband—she needed to take her education to a new level.
Thanks to her excellent schooling in China, Emma had a good foundation in reading English, but she needed to sharpen her ability to speak and write in English. And she also wanted to learn as much as she could about her new country—the history, the culture, the politics. Volunteer Tutor Joyce Meyers and the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) have been helping her every step of the way.
Joyce and Emma started working together in January of this year and not even the pandemic proved to be an obstacle. They now meet virtually twice a week (one of their sessions on Skype is shown above). Lessons focus on improving Emma's language fluency, reading comprehension, written expression, and conversation, as well as learning about life—past and present—in the United States. Joyce, who’s a former lawyer and English teacher, adapts her lessons to Emma’s interests and progress. “I come up with things useful to her that will help her develop skills,” explains Joyce. For example, they discuss articles in the New York Times or the Philadelphia Inquirer as a way for Emma to expand her English vocabulary and better understand her new country.
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