Chronicle of a Senior Project
From the Winter 2010 Caller
Each year all the members of the senior class do a project of their choice out in the community, and part of their responsibility is reporting back to the school. Last year students worked in venues that included political and doctor’s offices, TV and radio stations, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and many more. Their writings about their experiences revealed how much they had learned—and how much they had taught others about themselves and about Catlin Gabel. Below is one student’s report on her project experience.
Participles & Pig's Feet: Shadowing an ESL Teacher
By Madeleine Morawski '09
If you had asked me three weeks ago what a noncount noun was or how American pronunciation differs from written English, I would have offered a blank look or shrugged shoulders at best. If you had asked me whether I ever considered becoming a teacher, I would have voiced a polite but very firm “no.” Though a lack of knowledge concerning English grammar and only minimal interest in teaching seem strange qualifications for three weeks shadowing an ESL teacher, I greatly enjoyed my senior project and learned more than I could have hoped about everything from stressed syllables to Korean idioms.
Madeleine Morawski '09 attends the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
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