Greenville Literacy Association

From 2002 to 2004, I served as a volunteer teacher of English as a second language for the Greenville Literacy Association, as part of my participation in the Heller Service Corp of Furman University. I taught practical, everyday English skills to immigrants from many different countries. During this time, I first learned that English teaching can empower students, help to give them a better life, and help build peace and mutual understanding among people of different cultures.

The average class size was about 6 to 8 people, and the students’ ages ranged from 17 years to 65 years old. The student ability levels ranged from beginner to advanced. Twice a week, I taught 2 or 3 classes at a Greenville Literacy Center near my university in Greenville, South Carolina. This was my first experience in teaching English as a second or foreign language. I learned a lot and the experience gave me a good preparation for my responsibilities in Japan.

Greenville Literacy Association

ESL Teaching with the Greenville Literacy Association

Heller Service Corps at Furman University

Literacy Statistics for South Carolina and the USA