September 7, 2004: Headlines: COS - Brazil: ESL: The Herald News: Katia Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Brazil: Peace Corps Brazil: The Peace Corps in Brazil: September 7, 2004: Headlines: COS - Brazil: ESL: The Herald News: Katia Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River

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Katia Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River

Katia Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River

Katia Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River

ESL courses second to none at BCC
JAY PATEAKOS , Herald News Staff Reporter 09/07/2004
FALL RIVER -- During her Peace Corps days when she would spend six hours each day at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., Bristol Community College professor Katia Lund grew fond of the various cultures to which she was exposed.

"The Peace Corps helped me build an awareness for other languages and cultures," said Lund, who teaches English as a second language (ESL). "The audio/lingual training I received helped me to understand and appreciate what other cultures represent."

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Lund had spent a majority of her Peace Corps time in Brazil between 1968 and 1970. Upon returning to the United States, she became a teacherís aide at an ESL classroom in Fall River.

"I received a masterís degree in elementary education because in those days, there were few ESL offerings to take," said Lund.

Lund said BCCís first ESL teacher was formerly a French teacher, signifying the parallels between ESL and other languages.

"To us, teaching ESL is teaching a modern language," said Lund. "These people are learning English in the same way we would learn French."

For Lund, being able to teach English to so many diverse groups from the area was "a way for me to travel through my students and learn other cultures."

"At BCC, there is such a huge range of students, ages and educational backgrounds," said Lund. "You could have a student in the GED program in Spanish or someone that had a medical degree in their own society. These people have such a wide range of world experiences, and they come with many different strengths and weaknesses."

Last spring, 68 new students were assessed for ESL, bringing the total number of students in the program to 118, representing 29 different countries and Puerto Rico. Seventy-four percent of the enrolled students were women, with nearly half of the enrollment coming from Brazil, Portugal and Puerto Rico.

"A lot of the students are Portuguese women who were laid off from their jobs in the factories. They know the American culture and the oral language but didnít go to school," said Lund. "These women are so bright that if they had had the opportunity to go to school back then, they would have had much better jobs."

The ESL program, which featured only one three-credit course option when Lund started at BCC 27 years ago, now features eight three-credit courses, as well as four intermediate college courses and four advanced courses.

"I was at Truesdale (Clinic) the other day when I ran into an old student that had graduated from our program in June who had just received a scholarship to Mt. Holyoke College," said Lund. "These people have such a life-altering experience, bringing their family over from another country, and they are so excited about learning. They are highly motivated because they know that in order to get a good job, they need to learn English, and they work so hard at it."

During Lundís last sabbatical, and in an attempt to replicate her Peace Corps experience, Lund and her husband, John, traveled to Costa Rica.

"I went to a language school to study Spanish," said Lund. "I wanted to put myself in the same situations that my students face each day. It was very challenging."

Jay Pateakos may be reached at jpateakos@heraldnews.com.


©The Herald News 2004





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