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EPL brings back Conversational Spanish

Instructor Morin is college ELL teacher

January 27, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

David Morin started teaching in the English Language Learning department at the college, and is now a volunteer teacher of Conversational Spanish for the community. Classes begin Feb. 8 at noon and will continue each Friday in the community room of the Estherville Public Library.

Morin said, "I'd been kind of looking for something to do to give back to the community a bit. I'd talked to Laura Hoffman about it and I knew she used to go to a former employee's [Patricia Ramos] class over at the library. So I approached Tena [Hanson, library director] about reviving it."

Morin has a master of science in Botany, and was a scientist for the USDA before funding for his work began shutting off due to a change in administration. After months of searching for new jobs, Morin and his partner Shannon Motter migrated with their young daughter, Ellie, from New Mexico to Estherville with Motter's job as director of libraries for Iowa Lakes Community College.

Morin said, "I thought it would be fun to teach Spanish instead of English for a change. I think it would be cool for native Spanish speakers who want to improve their English, too if they wanted to come to a class."

Morin said he would design the class content based on what students most want to learn.

"I want to see first what most people are interested in focusing on: writing, reading, listening comprehension, or just conversation. I envision maybe splitting the class into beginners and intermediates and alternating them. Anyone is welcome if they want to work on their Spanish/English skills, so yes, beginners are welcome," Morin said.

Morin said some current events cause him to believe the class could even improve mindsets and social interactions throughout the community.

"I want it to be a fun and maybe a positive social interaction, too. I believe that engaging in other cultures and modes of communication can help bridge respect and open-mindedness," Morin said.

The classes are offered free of charge by the Friends of the Estherville Public Library.



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