Yesterday evening, Dario invited me to one of his classes for conversational English practice. This is one of my favorite things to do.
The class had two young men and two young ladies.
One of the young men is working on his English so he is prepared to go to Harding University in Arkansas on scholarship from the Walton foundation. His English was pretty good and he should be ready by the time he leaves. He is going to study electrical engineering.
He will be staying in a dorm and I bet it will be quite an experience. Prior to this, his only experience outside of Panama was a trip to Florida to Disney World. I bet his first time with snow will provide many photos for his family back in Panama.
The second young man is in high school and has been in other of Dario’s classes I have visited. He will be pursuing a technical career too, most likely, as he said his favorite classes were physics and mathematics.
One of the young ladies had just graduated from college. She is an ecological scientist and is in the process of finishing her thesis (due in July). She is planning on going to Panama City to look for work and hoping she can find something supporting the ecology of the canal. She said English will be very important to her finding the best job. Her background was also very technical, but more oriented toward biology and eco-sciences.
The last young lady was pursuing business administration. She was late to the class and I didn’t have much time talking to her.
If you are coming to Panama and wonder what you will do to keep yourself busy and provide provide yourself entertainment, I encourage you to participate in some of the local school’s english programs. It is good for students to hear all accents from people outside of Panama.
I always have a great time when I am invited to participate in Dario’s classes. I am confident I get as much out of the classes as the students do.
This was Dario’s ending class in Universidad Latina in December 2012.