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Jan
06

¡Feliz reunión después de 2 años con Lindsay, Laura y Maria!

Mariluz, la madre de Laura y Maria,  nos escribe sobre una maravillosa reunión en Madrid con la voluntaria, Lindsay, que ayudó a sus hijas hace dos años en Allies in English en Alcalá de Henares.

“Nuestra hija Laura, de casi cinco años, lleva participando en el programa de Allies in English casi tres años, y la verdad es que estamos muy contentos.

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Hace dos años, vino un semestre a nuestra casa Lindsay, estudiante de Biopsicología y Neurociencia  de Michigan.

Laura y María congeniaron muy bien con ella. Es uy risueña y espontánea, y enseguida se ponía con ellas a jugar. Por entonces Laura iba a la guardería yle encantaban las canciones del Cantajuegos. Aprovechábamos las canciones que cantan en inglés, como “Yellow Submarine”, y como  Lindsay es muy bailona, se ponían las tres a cantar y a bailar y se lo pasaban genial.

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Recuerdo que a mis hijas les encantó un día que Lindsay llamó por facetime a su madre, que quería saludarlas, y la madre de Lindsay se puso a cantar canciones en inglés con Laura!!!!” (Qué cara de felicidad tuvo Laura en su primera conexión en directo con alguien al otro lado del océano).

 

Pues cuál es mi sorpresa, que hace un mes recibo un whatsapp de Lindsay. Va a venir unos días de vacaciones por Europa y quiere venir expresamente un día a Alcalá de Henares, a reencontrarse con su “familia española”, y con “sus niñas”….Qué ilusión nos hizo. Otra voluntaria de t-oigo de hace dos años, Megan, fue a buscarla al aeropuerto nada más llegar de USA, y por la tarde estábamos todas juntas celebrando su visita-sorpresa, y tomándonos unas tapas!!!.

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Aunque Laura era muy chiquitina hace dos años (tenía tres añitos), se acordaba de ella al verla en la foto de whatsapp, y Lindsay tenía muchas ganas de verlas. Gracias Lindsay por darnos esta visita sorpresa y por hacernos sentir especiales….tú también lo eres!!!!.

 

 

Jan
06

Kirsten evaluates her experience with 4 year old Marina and gives advice to future volunteers

Thanks to Kirstin Allison for this evaluation of her experience working with 4 year old Marina last semester. Marina is deaf but speaks and hears thanks to her cochlear implant.

 

Meet Kirstin: Soy de Tejas en los EEUU, y estudio en la Universidad de Baylor y este semestre en Madrid en Saint Louis University.  Está en su tercer año de la carrera de Logopedia y Español. Su nivel de español es medio. Kirstin tiene un interés especial en los niños pequeños. Soy una persona extrovertido y graciosa. Me encanta ayudar a las personas y soy apasionada sobre las lenguas y sobre trabajar con otras personas. Le gusta Películas, leer, viajar, Quiero ser logopedia, y el semestre pasado tenía la oportunidad de ayudar una mujer de China con su articulación y pronunciación porque ella estaba tratante de aprender ingles. Me encantaba la experiencia y creo que va a ser una experiencia buena. También estoy tratando de aprender español, entonces estoy emocionada de conocer otras personas de Madrid. Trabajé como consejera del campamento de verano el verano pasado por seis semanas, y trabajé con niños de 6 a 13 años. También, trabajé como un voluntaria el semestre pasado y ayudaba una mujer quien estaba tratando de aprender ingles; practicamos la articulación y pronunciación. Su nivel de español es avanzado.

img_7743“Volunteering with t-oigo has been an incredible experience. As a student with the aim of attending graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology, utilizing various language-elicitation techniques that I have learned in my undergraduate courses has been beneficial, and I have enjoyed seeing what I have learned in the classroom come to life in my weekly sessions. Additionally, I am a Spanish major, so I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to practice my Spanish in the sessions as well.  It has been both a challenging and rewarding experience, and the opportunity to meet a local family and volunteer in an area that I am passionate about has been a highlight of my semester in Madrid.

Specifically, a normal session consists of working on a variety of language elements, including building vocabulary, improving articulation, and practicing spelling, through play. Marina chooses what she would like to play with, and I utilize her decision as a platform to teach English. In fact, this approach tends to work well since she is interested and focused because she chose the activity. Some days we play with shopping lists and food cards, so I take the opportunity to practice counting and articulation by annunciating challenging words clearly for her to repeat. If needed, I give her further directions in order to achieve the correct sound. On other days, we play with letters and practice articulation and spelling through the letters and the various words we form. Finally, in order to encourage her to speak, I often place the objects of play in an unusual order, a technique I learned in my undergraduate courses. For example, when playing with Mr. Potato Head, I put the different parts of the face in the incorrect location, and it always results in increased speech. Regardless of the specific activity, I aim to encourage her to speak English to the best of her ability.

The idea and structure of the program is beneficial for both the volunteers and the kids. Individualized attention in a comfortable environment helps the child to learn more easily, and the consistent schedule aids their learning as well. The consistency also helps the volunteers to form a relationship with the child so that they can approach learning English with a more positive attitude. Overall, I am thankful for my experience with the program and for the opportunities it gives to both students and children.

Personally, I did not think there was a noticeable difference in working with a child with hearing loss since she could hear me well with the device that she uses. Therefore the experience emphasized that while children with hearing loss may have an additional obstacle, they also have the same abilities and potential of children that can hear well.

Advice:

The first is not so much advice but rather a recommendation. Please make sure the next volunteer has a good understanding of Spanish. I am not fluent in the language, but I have been taking Spanish for 7 years, and my Spanish was absolutely necessary since she only spoke to me in Spanish.

Secondly, be patient with her and try to not be discouraged if she does not speak in English with you immediately. Try and look for specific situations where you can ask her to speak in English because she has the ability to do so. Matching games are perfect opportunities for this.

Lastly, speak very clearly and not too fast with her. She will understand you better this way, and because she is young, hearing English clearly will help her to learn the language even if it is not obvious to you. So again, she is improving simply by listening to you even if she is speaking in Spanish.

Jan
06

Janee says about Irene, “She really tries! I LOVE IT. “

Janee Mahan, our amazing volunteer who was paired with 5 -year old Irene last semester in Allies in English wants to continue! Irene is completely deaf and uses a cochlear implant to hear. Thanks to Janee, she is making progress.

Janee writes:

The program t-oigo is an eye opener experience for anyone. The hard- of- hearing shows that they’re limitless ways of learning and to have fun is as normal as having fun with someone who can hear. Hard of hearing isn’t a disablity at all its just another way of thinking out of the box to teach, explain, and have fun with one another.

My first day of volunteering my time with Aparicio family, was life changing. I learned new things about the hard of hearing, learned that they’re an energetic family, and have a very open-minded personality. At first, it wasn’t easy for myself nor the children to open up but that happens with everyone. Throughout the 3 months of volunteering, every week it’s something different and something new. I learn so many new things about the girls and I think they did  as well. The experience with this program is amazing and I love it. Having a connection with the girls like a mentor or just a friend it feels great. There’s such passion and just playing in English with the girls I´ve realized my little girl, Irene tries to speak English, she really tries. Just with only 8 visits she went from not talking to me, to responding in Spanish and now trying to respond and mimic me in english. I LOVE IT. I hope I can stay with the same family for next semester.”

 

Meet Janee:

Janee Mahan es de Nueva York y estudia Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad SUNY Delhi y los próximos dos años en Saint Louis University.  Janee es extrovertida, tiene mucha paciencia y le encanta cuidar y jugar con niños. Le encanta bailar, viajar y aprender idiomas. Le ilusiona participar en este programa para poder ayudar a los niños con su inglés de una forma divertida. Tiene experiencia haciendo voluntariado con niños y cuidando de niños.

Nov
29

Janee reflects on her time with Irene, “I LOVE IT”.

Janee Mahan is an extra special volunteer in Allies in English this semester. I just love her enthusiasm!!

Here she reflects on her time with Irene, a 5 -year old girl with a cochlear implant:

The program t-oigo is an eye opener experience for anyone. The hard of hearing shows that they’re limitless ways of learning and to have fun is as normal as having fun with someone who can hear. Hard of hearing isn’t a disablity at all, its just another way of thinking out of the box to teach, explain, and have fun with one another.

My first day of volunteering my time with Aparicio family, was life- changing. I learned new things about the hard of hearing, learned that they’re an energetic family, and have a very open-minded personality. At first, it wasn’t easy for myself nor the children to open up but that happens with everyone. Throughout the 3 months of volunteering, every week it’s something different and something new. I learn so many new things about the girls and I think they did  as well. The experience with this program is amazing and I love it. Having a connection with the girls like a mentor or just a friend it feels great. There’s such passion and just playing in English with the girls I´ve realized my little girl, Irene tries to speak English, she really tries. Just with only 8 visits she went from not talking to me, to responding in Spanish and now trying to respond and mimic me in English. I LOVE IT. I hope I can stay with the same family for next semester.

Conozca a Janee:

“Janee Mahan es de Nueva York y estudia Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad SUNY Delhi y los próximos dos años en Saint Louis University.  Janee es extrovertida, tiene mucha paciencia y le encanta cuidar y jugar con niños. Le encanta bailar, viajar y aprender idiomas. Le ilusiona participar en este programa para poder ayudar a los niños con su inglés de una forma divertida. Tiene experiencia haciendo voluntariado con niños y cuidando de niños. ”

 

Apr
25

We sometimes take things for granted and don’t always think about what others are going through.

IMG_6109Charlotte is a volunteer this semester in “Allies in English” with Alba, a 9 -year old with profound deafness and a cochlear implant. Here Charlotte reflects on her experience and what she learned.
Things are going good with Alba. At first Alba did not like English at all but I think she has made progress in that aspect and has started to like it a little more. She is also understanding more of what I say to her and remembering/learning phrases. The family has been great! They are very nice to me and have been so welcoming. The overall experience has been very good and I have learned quite a lot. Before this experience, I had not really thought about this issue at all since I had not ever encountered it. However, now it has made me realize that we sometimes take things for granted and don’t always think about what others are going through. Although I was told that Alba had a cochlear implant, I honestly did not realize until she put her hair in a pony tail and I physically saw it. That made me realize that we do not always know what someone else has or is going through. It also made me realize that more awareness needs to be brought up about this subject.
In the future: I would ideally like to work in an international company in Human Resources. At the moment I love recruiting as my goal is to make long terms golden matches between candidates and a company. I also would like to have a job where I use all three languages: French, English and Spanish. Which is why I am here in Madrid; to improve my Spanish!
Thank you very much,
Charlotte
Conozca a nuestra voluntaria, Charlotte:

IMG_6113Soy de Francia pero vivo y estudio en Atlanta en los Estados Unidos en Georgia Institute of Technology . Tengo un nivel medio de español y frances nativo también como el inglés. Estoy en el segundo año de la carrera de Business Administration con un concentración en recursos humanos .

Soy tranquila. En el comienzo soy un poco tímida pero con poco tiempo soy extrovertida y comfortable con la gente. Pienso que unas de mi cualidades es que yo se cuando estar seriosa o cuando estar divertida. Mis amigos dicen que soy simpatica, motivada, determinada y organizada. Me interesa cocinar, viajar y los deportes. Me encanta mucho descubrir nuevas comidas y simplemente aprender cosas diferentes. Soy curiosa. Yo gustaría participar en este programa porque pienso que para integrarte en una sociedad necesita ayudarla y hacer cosas sociales. Tambien, yo participe en un programa similar a esto en los Estados Unidos, entonces quiero continuar aquí en España. Ademas, pienso que no solamente yo voy a ayudar un nino a aprender cosas pero el va me ensenar cosas tambien. Yo tengo otras experiencias con ninos. Yo hizo 7 anos de babysitting con familias variadas. Tambien, durante 4 anos yo fui un voluntario a una escuela publica para los ninos. Yo fui a la escuela dos horas cada semana durante el ano escoliar. Durante estas horas yo trabajada con los ninos para mejorar sus matemáticas, la lectura, el ingles y cualquier cosas que ellos trabajan en sus classes.”

Apr
18

Miguel, David e Inma crean un campo de fútbol con botellas!

lessDesde Zaragoza nos cuenta:

Hola a todos¡¡¡

Miguel, David e Inma os escribimos desde Montañana para contaros lo divertido que está resultando este aprendizaje de la Lengua inglesa basada en juegos.

De nuestros encuentros cada viernes destacamos dos actividades que a todos nos han encantado. La primera de ellas fue el día que creamos nuestro propio equipo de fútbol con campo incluido. Lo hicimos con chapas de botellas, fotos de los jugadores (previamente seleccionados del Barça y Real Madrid) y por supuesto no faltó el partido final que inauguró el campo al que le pusimos hasta nombre. En ese gran partido hubo de todo, tiros a puerta, tanda de penaltis e incluso se lesionó Messi, cayó su chapa al suelo y hubo que operar. Nos reímos un montón. Todo ello nos permitió conocer no solo el vocabulario y verbos de acción relacionados al futbol, sino que también afianzamos colores y números. Además, en las siguientes sesiones ampliamos el tema y reforzamos todo lo visto con sopas de letras, juegos en internet and so on. Han sido sesiones muy motivadoras y que os recomiendo ya que nos ha dado mucho “juego”.

La segunda actividad que destacamos la cual nos ha permitido aprender y divertirnos ha sido our prívate carnival party, de la cual os adjunto una foto. El día de Santa Águeda se celebra en Aragón con mucho entusiasmo y quise preparar algo especial. Nos creamos nuestras propias caretas or masks , las recortamos, pintamos, montamos e interpretamos los personajes de ellas(pirate, dwarf and jester) con un juego de flash cards y encima con la excusa aprendimos las horas. Ya sabemos preguntar la hora y decir cuando es en punto y cuando es y media. Ese día había premio porque Miguel siempre nos ofrece bombones ó lo que tenga para matar el gusanillo de la barriga y ese día me tocaba a mí (como chica) llevar un regalo. David…menos goloso rechazó, pero Mike no pudo resistirse. Esto me ha dado grandes ideas para las próximas sesiones…

That’s all folks,

Lots of love

Mike, David & Inma

Apr
11

Sarah participates in our Let’s Sing video project!

IMG_3820All around Spain, our families and volunteers in Allies in English are sending us their videos for the Let’s Sing project. Each volunteer teaches one of 4 songs that we chose, based on their age and English level,  and makes a video of it with their family. We are going to make a national mashup of the adorable clips!! You can read all about it in t-oigo.com, our main website. Watch for the final video on our Youtube channel, videotoigo!!

Here is what Sarah writes:

Hi Dale,

I’m glad you like the video! Irene is 4 years old and Carlota is 7. The girls have been so much fun and now every time I visit Irene sings the Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song and does the hand motions. The family agreed to have me send you the video for the web, I showed the mom the handout we got at the meeting with all the details of what the video is being used for and she is fine with it. As for suggestions to editing the final video I’m really not creative at all but it might be cute to do each song and for each new family have the city they are located in appear in the corner of the screen so viewers can really get a sense of where in Spain everyone is from!
Some of my insights I think I’ve learned as part of the program Allies in English is how much interactive play in English really does build a child’s vocabulary and verbal skills without appearing as “work” or “learning.” Just the difference I see in how much more I can say to the girls in English, and even if they respond in Spanish I know they understood what I said in English which is a huge step from where we began in the program where I would have to say everything in English and then in Spanish and then in English again. I still use this technique when introducing new vocabulary or playing a new game, but after a while it is really clear to see the girls understanding what I’m saying in English without me having to repeat in Spanish which is a really positive indication of improvement. Then when the girls start using the English vocabulary as well as a part of their casual conversational speech it really is a testament to how much they are learning.
Volunteering with T-Oigo has been the best experience I have had studying abroad. Just in these past two months I have seen so much growth in both Irene and Carlota in their confidence to speak English. Carlota has become much more confident asking questions and explaining the rules to different games we play in English. Irene has become very confident in counting and describing the colors of her toys in English. Going to see and play with these girls is always the highlight of my week!
Please let me know if I can help you with anything else!

Best,
Sarah

Sarah Whittaker
Syracuse University, Madrid

Sarah is from Pennsylvania and speaks Spanish at a good level.  She studies Speech pathology y Audiology en Syracuse University and this semester in Madrid in  Syracuse University Madrid Center. She says, “I am a very positive and open minded person. I am motivated, energetic, and and organized. I am very interested in the field of audiology. My hobbies are cooking, biking, reading, and hiking.”

Thanks Sarah for your generosity in volunteering this semester! We are lucky to have you!! Dale

 

Mar
18

Una niña princesita, a Lucia le gusta cantar Frozen en inglés

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Lucía y Audra de Alcalá de Henares son dos amigas de Allies in English:
“Hola!. Soy Loli, la mamá de Lucía, de siete años, implantada desde los dos años. Audra Donaldson,  estuvo viniendo el semestre pasado los martes a nuestra casa. Audra es de Illinois y estudia economía y comercio internacional, y le encantan los niños. Lucía, mi hija,  es una niña muy extrovertida, a la que le encanta conocer gente nueva. Lo primero que hacíamos era merendar las tres juntas….a Audra le encantaba el café que le hacía. Luego se iban a la habitación, y jugaban mucho con las princesas Disney. Cada una cogía a una y “dialogaban” en inglés con ellas. También disfrutaban mucho escuchando las canciones de Frozen, que le encantan a Lucía, y le preguntaba a Audra las palabras que no entendía. Si algún día coincidía que tenía un examen de inglés esa semana, aprovechaba para que Audra le ayudara con el “listening”, que siempre le ha costado más, y le explicaba las palabras de vocabulario que no entendía.
 
Audra siempre ha sido muy consciente de que tenía que hablar más despacio y evitar ruido de fondo, y estuvo muy interesada en que le explicáramos cómo funcionaba su implante.
Lucía estaba deseando que llegaran los martes para jugar con su amiga americana, y la verdad es que el día que nos despedimos fue un día muy emotivo para las tres. Le regalamos un Christmas de parte de t-oigo con una foto suya y de Lucía, que le encantó. Cuando volvió a su país, estuvimos comunicándonos por whatsapp y nos decía lo mucho que le había gustado España y poder jugar con su pequeña Lucía. La verdad es que para nuestra hija, poder jugar con ella, le hace ver el inglés, que a ella a veces le cuesta tanto en el cole, como un juego y una diversión, con lo cual aprende más cosas casi sin saberlo. Muchas gracias por todo Audra ¡!!!. Te echamos de menos!!!!”

Feb
11

En Sevilla, ¡dos peques encantados que han participado por primera vez!

la fotoSergio y Sandra han participado en Allies in English por primera vez este semestre pasado y les ha encantado la experiencia. Tienen dos niñas preciosas , una de ellas , la mayor, Laura de 4 años es usuaria de implante coclear.  Asiste a un colegio público ordinario y es una niña responsable, trabajadora, alegre y muy comunicativa.
Hannah su voluntaria, es de Maine y estudia en Hobart and Williams Smith College de New York la especialidad, el Desarrollo del niño y Español.
Tiene experiencia con niños puesto que ha trabajado como tutora con niños y en campamentos de verano, también es voluntaria en su universidad  en un programa despuès de la escuela para hijos de profesores.
Describe su experiencia en t-oigo como increíble y muy gratificante emocionalmente. 
“Somos Sergio y Sandra, los papás de Laura, una niña de 4 años que ha contado por primera vez con un voluntario de Allies in English. Laura es usuaria de un implante coclear.
Nos apuntamos porque aunque pensábamos que podía ser aún pequeña y que tiene muchas actividades ya, sería muy positivo para ella una primera inmersión en otra lengua, y porque siempre podía aprender cosas de otros lugares que la enriquecieran. No nos arrepentimos de ello.
Hannah Novak ha sido nuestra voluntaria y ha venido siempre con una sonrisa en la cara y si ha visto cansada a las peques, se ha puesto a pintar o jugar con ellas para hacerlo todo más ameno y agradable a las niñas. Incluso ha ido a un partido de fútbol con nosotros y al interactuar con nosotros, las niñas la han visto más como una amiga y se han relacionado muy bien con ella.
Laura tiene una hermana más pequeña, Marta, que estaba por casa mientras Laura y Hannah estaban allí. Marta esperaba con muchas ganas que llegara el martes para ver a Hannah y las tres han hablado de tradiciones y costumbres distintas, han aprendido vocabulario en otra lengua y han hecho una amiga que ahora está lejos pero que siempre van a tener cerca.
Recomendamos la experiencia a todo el mundo y estamos seguros de que tanto Laura como Marta, al igual que nosotros, hemos ganado mucho conociendo a Hannah y compartiendo ratitos a su lado.”

Jan
13

Miriam and Luca are such a joy to spend time with, and are always very eager to learn English!

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Yadeni Abagaro is a visiting student at SLU Madrid, from the University of Richmond and is a t-oigo volunteer thanks to Richmond’s Bonner Scholars Program. When she first signed up on the Allies in English link to be a volunteer she wrote:

When working with children, I am playful, and enjoy activities such as painting, pottery, and other creative outlets. I am relatively active, and enjoy sports too! I also enjoy just being able to sit and talk with children, and discussion. I am passionate, and driven. I would love to learn more about Spain, and its people and culture. In America, I’ve been volunteering regularly since 10th grade of high school. I am also a part of the Bonner Scholars Program at the University of Richmond, through which I volunteer for 10 hours a week at Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). There, I facilitate children groups of about 10 children, where we have guided therapeutic sessions, and also free play while parents are receiving court mandated classes on better parenting. ‘d be willing to do 2 times a week too! I do plan on traveling, and keeping up with academics but would love to make as much time as possible work. I truly do enjoy volunteering, and this seems like a unique experience.

We placed her with a wonderful family:

Yadeni, you will participate with Ann-Sophie, José Miguel,  and their daughter Miriam, who is  4 years old. Miriam has a moderate hearing loss and uses hearing aids and an FM system. She communicates orally and in fact is already speaking German since her mother is German. At home they speak in Spanish and at school she learns English. Miriam has two siblings who also have hearing loss. They would like to include Luca Marie, who will be 3, in the group if possible.

After her  semester volunteering with this family Yadeni writes,

Hi Dale,

I wanted to thank you for allowing me to volunteer with t-oigo. Spending time with Ann-Sophie and José Miguel’s family has impacted my study abroad experience so wonderfully. Since the beginning they have been so accommodating and hospitable towards me, and have been a support system during my time here in Spain.They’ve gone above and beyond my expectations of what I would get from this experience, and I can’t express how happy I am that I chose to sign up. Both José Miguel and Ann-Sophie are always very present to facilitate my time with Miriam and Luca, and play a very active role! Miriam and Luca are such a joy to spend time with, and are always very eager to learn English (Santi too of course :) . They are all patient, kind, and respectful.

Also, I saw a great improvement in how receptive Miriam and Luca are of English, and of their language skills too. I genuinely looked forward to Wednesdays because of how wonderful the Romero family is, and am sad that my semester came to an end so quickly. I hope they are placed with another volunteer just as great as they are, and I will definitely encourage other Richmond students to volunteer with T-Oigo.

Thank you again, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Best,

Yadeni Abagaro

 

 

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