St. Louis Review Article

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off on St. Louis Review Article

Project helps immigrant students master English

Submitted on November 19, 2014
Joseph Kenny | | twitter: @josephkenny2
William Nieto waited impatiently to catch the attention of his teacher, Sister Joyce Schramm. As soon as he did, the kindergartner rushed to her to demonstrate his ability to pronounce sounds of the letters and say the words matched to the symbols on an alphabet chart.

When he completed the assignment nearly flawlessly, William went a step further, showing Sister Joyce that he had expanded on his lessons.

With his index finger pointed to his eye, he said: “This is eye — e.”

After only a couple months of the school year, the kindergarten students in the English Tutoring Project at Holy Trinity School in St. Ann already are reading words and making booklets they bring home. Sister Joyce, a Sister of Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon who tutors William and 17 other students at Holy Trinity in kindergarten, first and third grades, noted that the children are having fun as they learn.

“It’s hard work but so rewarding,” she said.


Nhi, a ETP Success Story

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Nhi, a ETP Success Story

NhiNhi was Sr. Jane Gegg’s second grade student at Immaculate Heart of Mary. After two years with ETP, she has achieved proficiency and is now a “success story”.

Nhi arrived in St. Louis from Vietnam in May of 2011. Three months later she began first grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

Nhi did not speak English when she arrived in the United States, but that did not hinder her in any way. She quickly excelled in all areas of English language acquisition—reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

She did not hesitate to attempt to speak English with her classmates and teachers and she was not afraid to make mistakes. She fervently and continuously practiced her reading, writing and spelling skills. After several months, she brought her first grade reading book to her teacher and said. “This too easy!”

Nhi has an amazing enthusiasm and energy for learning and life. Her current teacher says, “Nhi is doing great this year and is one of the best students in the class. She participates well, adds to classroom discussions, and is well-liked among her classmates.”

Nhi has adjusted well to the American culture and is also very proud of her homeland country of Vietnam. During her second grade year of school, she learned about the Japanese poetry form called Haiku, which is a short poem consisting of 17 syllables.

Pedro’s Poem

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Pedro’s Poem

PedroPedro is Sr. Joan Stoverink’s third grade student at St. John the Baptist. He was proud to have his poem selected for this newsletter and wanted to share with you a little bit about his life…

Hello, my name is Pedro. My family is from Mexico and we speak Spanish.

At home I like to play with my two Doberman- pinchers and their names are Maximus and Moses. At school I like to do physical activities such as running and playing dodgeball.

In ETP I learn how to speak and write in English. When I made my rainbow booklet I learned parts of speech such as adjectives and verbs. It was really fun to write it.


Rainbow colors, Rainbow colors, what do you see?
I see Pedro writing about me.

Purple grapes, Purple grapes, what do you see?
I see a blue ball bouncing toward me.

Blue ball, Blue ball, what do you see?
I see a green frog chasing me.

Green frog, Green frog, what do you see?
I see a yellow duck swooping at me.

Yellow duck, Yellow duck, what do you see?
I see an orange fruit squirting at me.

Orange fruit, Orange fruit, what do you see?
I see a red strawberry right next to me.

Red strawberry, Red strawberry, what do you see?
I see colorful things all around me.

By Pedro, Grade 3