NDNU Teams Up with Samaritan House to Teach English

Belmont, CA, December 2, 2008 — NDNU and the Samaritan House have teamed up to teach English to day laborers and immigrant women as part of a University course designed to teach “Spanish for A Bilingual World.” Both groups of students will receive recognition for completing their first semester of work in three separate ceremonies beginning Wednesday, December 3.

The ceremony for “Immigrant Women ESL” will be held at 401 N. Humboldt Avenue in San Mateo, Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. The recognition ceremony for “Day Laborers ESL” will be held at the Samaritan House Worker Resource Center located at 400 Fifth Avenue in San Mateo, Dec. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Later in the month, there will also be another ceremony for NDNU students who assisted bilingual clients at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. The students translated for attorneys who serve a large number of Spanish speaking clients.

“The purpose of the class is to allow students to use both their English and Spanish skills,” said Natashia Lopez-Gomez, M.Ed., NDNU’s professor of Modern Languages and Cultures. “Most people who are bilingual tend to be stronger in one language or the other, one of the goals of the course is to have students polish their skills in both languages.

“Samaritan House was a great match for my students since by teaching ESL they have to utilize both their knowledge of English and their knowledge of Spanish,” Lopez-Gomez added.

For more information regarding the recognition ceremonies at Samaritan House or ESL courses, contact Natashia Lopez-Gomez at (650) 508-3672, ext. 2 or ngomez@ndnu.edu.

Samaritan House is a private non-profit organization providing services to help meet the essential daily needs of more than 12,000 low-income individuals within San Mateo County.