VenTESOL, in partnership with the US Embassy in Caracas, San José Maristas School, ASOCIM, and College Sports of America (Venezuela Office), celebrated the graduation of the English Program for Basketball Players last Friday, June 19th, 2015, in the school’s facilities located in Maracay, Aragua State.
Back in October 2014, 20 economically challenged young talented athletes started their 2nd year of this English training program, aimed at consolidating their basic language skills in preparation for future formal instruction at American universities and communication with native and non-native speakers during their sports activities nationwide and abroad. Now, in June 2015, we share their pride and joy for completing the program.
For years, San José Maristas School, part of AVEC (initials in Spanish for the Venezuelan Association of Catholic Schools), in Maracay has made its facilities the epicenter of more than 60 athletes in different categories. Its sports association, counting on support from different private institutions along with private donors covering the costs of the basketball training program, has found in VenTESOL an ally for basketball players to acquire English language competences. The program’s classes, given at ASOCIM by Professors Joyce Muñoz (UPEL Maracay) and María Eugenia Daal (English Graduate Teacher), helped this specific group of 18 athletes develop their English language skills, while gaining more knowledge about American culture, customs and values, through the use of educational materials provided by the U.S Embassy. Such knowledge will prove relevant for these basketball players, as College Sports of America - Venezuela Office, has designated Maristas Sports Association as the authorized venue for evaluations to qualify for their scholarship program, CSA Becas, offering basketball and soccer players the opportunity to study at American universities.
This is how talented athletes, enthusiastic teachers, local and international sports associations, a private school, a language school, and a diplomatic language office are brought together by our ELT community of practice to open doors to life-changing opportunities, as Venezuelan and American peoples deepen their mutual understanding and cooperation. Join us, so that we can grow as a sponsoring, coordinating, and articulating intersection of students, teachers, NGOs, and concerned citizens, because this is how we live the VenTESOL spirit!!
By Andrés Ramos, Editor, with report by Mary Allegra, President
Photos: Mary Allegra
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