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Help A Student And Have Some Fun – Plus Voice Your Opinion About Panama Banking

I have had several students contact me in the past with school projects. The most recent wrote me about her Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá project. Ana is working on a major in Bilingual Executive Communication. Her final project is called, “The Communication and the Customer Service in English Language in the local banking”.

I told her I would be happy to post her request for people to interview and a survey she wants taken. Her email follows which contains her contact information.

Hello Don

Thanks for your help,

Attached you can find the document with the banks evaluation table and the survey I did for this research. The first two pages are the ones I would like to be posted on your web site.

As you could see, the questions of the interview I wrote are essay questions ; therefore, I think it would be better to make personal interviews.

The post would be this way:

I am looking for volunteers that are willing to answer some questions about “the communication and the customer attention in English in the local banks”. This is a research for my capstone project, from Universidad Tecnológica de Panama. Any given information will be strictly confidential. I can be contacted at sotoanalucia@yahoo.es

my best regards,

Ana Lucia Soto Rivas

I will put the survey on my server and you can download it, fill it in and email it back to her. The second part is a one-on-one interview and you will have to schedule that with her. The one-on-one interview will allow you more freedom in introducing a topic that might not be on her list of questions.

This is an excellent way to do something worthwhile for a student as well as voice your feelings about banking in Panama.

As you can see from her email, you will not have any problem communicating with her in English.

Click HERE to download the survey.

I will warn you that this document is 2.7 megabytes in size. I have no idea why it is so large, but it is a formatted document with a school emblem. If that is too much for you to download easily, I suggest you contact Ana and have her bring a copy for you to fill out with the one-on-one interview. The survey will not take you long to fill out.

Again, I encourage you to take the time to assist this student. I always enjoy getting to help students and I find I learn a lot.

Beginning Spanish Classes are coming to David!

I received the following request for posting:

From……: Linda

Email…..: carinafl04@yahoo.com


Hi Don- Stephen, manager of Cafe Da-Li, and I have teamed up to offer the following to anyone interested. We appreciate your help spreading the word by posting this notice for us. Muchas gracias!!! Linda

Beginning Spanish Classes are coming to David!! Now is the time to learn some useful Spanish to experience more of life in your adopted country. If you’ve never had classes, or had a few, or had a lot and need a refresher, this is the class is for you.

We will meet twice a week at Café Da-Li in David starting on Tuesday, February 22. Sign up now, as space is limited. Bring a friend or your S.O. and enjoy learning in a relaxed atmosphere among friends.

Please contact me off board for all the details. Please note this is separate and distinct from the Conversation Group already in progress at Café Da-Li.

¡Vamos a hablar en español! Hasta luego, Linda at carinafl04@yahoo.com

English Conversation Practice at American School

Yesterday there was a request for guest English speakers to participate with students of the American School in conversation practice. These are activities I always enjoy. This was the first time I had done this activity at the American School, which is a stone’s throw from where I live.

There were five English speaking volunteers, so the students were broken up into five groups. In the time I had, I was able to talk with all but two students. I am sure this activity will be held again.

For English speaking retirees that are interested in meeting Panamanians, and helping them learn the English language, this is an excellent way to do it. If you follow the TAG ( English Lessons), you can see some of the past times I have done this.

This is the first group I was with.

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Park and Education

Yesterday evening, we took Isabela and Lucca to Parque Jose Maria Roy. If you have young children and have not been to this park, you are missing something. This is supposed to be the largest park of this kind in all of Latin America. The play equipment is FIRST Class.

I only took a couple photos because I didn’t think I would need my camera and I had to take these with my cheap Chinese cell phone. The following two photos are of the main equipment play area. I would guess there were around 60 kids in the park and all under adult supervision.
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Universidad Velásquez Panamanian Fair

Today you can visit Universidad Velásquez and get a taste of Panamanian culture, good food and see lots of Panamanian crafts. The university is having an open house and fair today and everyone is welcome.

You may remember that I wrote a post on the university, when I had seen the demonstrations in PriceSmart.

I took a tour of the classrooms. I found it interesting that they have one classroom to teach English and one to teach Mandarin. When the students graduate some will plan on working in other countries.

In January, the other training courses mentioned in the prior post will begin.

At noon and at 3:30 PM, they will be serving food prepared on site. There are also crafts and sweets and other foods to try and purchase.

To get to the university, turn off of the InterAmerican highway in front of El Rey and take the road to end. Right before the stop sign, on the right, is the university. Stop in and tell they you read about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

Here is a photo in front of the university at the entrance.

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