Teaching Spanish to bridge understanding

courtesy of www.godinternational.org

courtesy of www.godinternational.org

Each week since August, I’ve been teaching a high school Spanish course. It’s been a truly full circle experience for me as I began to explore Spanish in high school — now 18 years ago! Since then, the Lord has used Spanish in many ways to open my eyes and my heart to the world around me, a world that is full of people in need. My brothers and sisters around the world do not live with the opportunities to meet the necessities common to all humankind and that has compelled me to give my best to make this world better.

As I teach Spanish, I don’t just teach grammar — though I certainly have many a nerdy moment over the mechanics of language and enjoy it to the max — I do my best to give my students a cultural and political sensitivity. I want them to not only hear, but also understand the perspective of our Spanish speaking neighbors in Nashville and Latin America alike in order to build unity.

I wrote a blog for G.O.D. International about my work teaching Spanish with several other volunteers serving towards the same goal. Read more here >> Love Your Neighbor, Learn Their Language.

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