Againsheila

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    Been here a few days and decided perhaps I should introduce myself.

    My name is Sheila, I'm 51 years old, married with two special needs kids. My oldest son has Asperger's Syndrom, is 24 and started college this year (so far he's straight A's). My youngest will be 21 in December and is low functioning autism. He's still in diapers. We recently found and Adult Family Home for him and hope to have him settled there in January.

    Because we have found and AFH, I am once again looking for work. Hooray, I get to be out in the world again.

    I'm an Air Force brat, born in England. Both my parents are gone now as well as my youngest brother. I still have 2 sisters and a brother as well as inlaws, neices, a nephew and dozens of cousins.

    I've been to Mexico and Japan and hope to visit several other countries before I die. Hence the current attempt to get a job with United Airlines.

    My family is the original melting pot. We have people of all races and most ethnicities. You can't get much more American than us.

    Politically I'm a moderate.

    I've hosted many Japanese students and one from Kenya. I've taught ESL to the Japanese students for short term English immersion programs, mostly during the summer.


    I live in Federal Way WA and have lived here mostly since I was 9. My father retired from the Air Force after we moved here and I ended up settling in a house only a block away from the one a grew up in.

    I talk too much, as you've probably figure out. I love message boards and I'm a very opinionated person. I sometimes get a little too excited when I'm up on my soapbox, but I do understand that everyone has the right to my opinion. ;)

    If I didn't want to hear differing opinions, I wouldn't be here and I think the world would be a terribly boring place if we all agreed on everything.

    I think everyone should know the world revolves around me and should act accordingly. <It's a joke, son>

    Thank you for reading, have a good day.
     
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    OK...now give us your SS # and bank account details! :eek:
     
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    Interesting story Sheila, it&#8217;s nice to sometimes put a person behind the words in a message board.

    I see you met Grismonda :cuckoo: (a.k.a. billiegoatgruff75, a.k.a. Chocobrun)
     
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    Yeah, and get this, they LIKE grismonda, they don't like us. Lol
     
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    By us, you mean the United States of America don't you? I've never seen any one poster so Anti-American as Grismonda a.k.a. Billiegoatgruff75, Chocobrun!
     
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    No, I mean, us, those of us from the AOL immigration board that AREN'T trolls.
     
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    Welcome to the board Againsheila!

    I have been searching the net for ESL books and schools.

    Any recomendations?

    I eventually want to get a TESL certificate.
     
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    I'm not certified, but my neighbor is...she took a course online, pm me and the next time I talk to her I'll find out the website.

    The ESL I teach is just a conversation course, everyone of my students has had a minimum of 3 years of English in Japan. The problem is they are taught by Japanese teachers, most of them have trouble pronoucing our language and that's what I get to work on, teaching them how to pronounce our language and getting them to actually talk in the first place. They are very afraid of making mistakes when they first get here and I have to convince them that it's better to try and make a mistake than not try at all. It ususally takes me a week just to get them to start talking in English, after that, it's a lot of fun.

    I get to take them on tours and camping trips too. Ever go camping with a bunch of jr hi kids? It's a trip. You really have to love kids to do this job. Fortunately, I do.
     
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    I have been doing the same thing as you. I have taught free classes at the public library. (Koreans have the most difficult time of all of the Asians!)

    Here in Boston they have several one month language schools for ELS, EFL, and TESL cetification.

    But they cost 2 to 3 thousand dollars. I have seen online quickie courses for as cheep as 400 dollars.
     
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    Againsheila, Welcome to the board. Your bio is very interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

    Sunni, what is this comment about "Koreans have the most difficult time of all the Asians!"???

    I'm just curious. Teaching is very satisfying and to do it voluntarily is a great deed.
     

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