84.2 F
Mérida
Monday, October 18, 2021
###

MEL to help UADY students’ English skills

Latest headlines

Good news for Yucatán’s sea turtles

Sea turtles continue to be endangered in Yucatán, but a new study suggests that their numbers are beginning to recover. 

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

The untamed beauty of Hormiguero and its exotic wilderness

Photo Caption: The zoomorphic facade of Hormiguero's Structure II sits atop a massive artificial platform. Photo Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Casa Alta Blanca: Easy, peaceful beach living

Casa Alta in Telchac Puerta is on the market. Photo: Yucatan Beach & City Properties When John Bradshaw...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

UADY
UADY

Mérida, Yucatán — UADY students preparing to become English teachers will pair with native-English speakers from the Mérida English Library under a joint program.

Several months ago, Julia Stewart, a U.S. Fulbright scholar working with UADY’s school of education, met with library board member Martha Lindley, the newsletter explains, and from that initial contact, the new program was born. The partnership was announced in MEL’s January newsletter.

Merida English Library
MEL and UADY join forces: From left, UADY Dean Julieta Guerrero, Martha Lindley, UADY Professor Luz Maria Viera, Deborah Thompson, Dr. Julia Stewart. Photo: MEL Newsletter

MEL members, including Laura Perkins, Dan Karnes, Martha Lindley, and Deborah Thompson, met with Stewart, UADY dean Julieta Guerrero, and Professor Luz Maria Viera Castro over a period of weeks to design the program.

“Stewart and Viera Castro explained that UADY students preparing to teach English needed more meaningful interaction with native speakers, both to boost their language skills and to better understand the culture. Many students, they added, do not have the financial means to live or study abroad, which adds a barrier to learning and practicing English,” according to MEL.

MELlogoOver the next four months, several dozen MEL members will volunteer 20 hours to help students, who will keep journals about their experiences along with notations of the new English expressions they have learned.

UADY, or the Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán, is the public university of the Yucatan.

“The new partnership is a win-win for both the expat community and UADY. It will help expats forge stronger relationships within the Yucatecan community. It will give UADY students the chance to boost their English skills and make new friendships with native speakers, both of which can help them become better English instructors,” the MEL newsletter noted.

“The program begins a new chapter in the Library’s relationship with our local host community. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to engage with UADY and its students, and we applaud the willingness of our members to become involved.”

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

ELLA: Mérida hosts a weeklong international lesbian festival

The grand opening took place at Casa Thó, located in Paseo de Montejo. A special Meet & Greet was held with Diana Deskarados, renowned Youtuber, and Tigre Jimenez, Boxing Champion. 

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...

Massimo Bottura’s community dinner is fighting hunger in Refettorio Mérida

Refettorio is a cultural project designed to offer dining experiences through the transformation of surplus ingredients into nutritious and beautiful dishes.

In Europe, Mexican Indigenous organizations denounce the Mayan Train

Indigenous groups from across Mexico, including Yucatán and Quintana Roo, sailed to Europe in what they describe as an invasion of conscience.

A private paradise at your Yucatán country estate

A private country estate is all yours in Yucatán. Contact Eric Partney at Mexico International. Ideal for those...

Ermita retreat: Historic charm and modern amenities

This charming retreat has every feature that you picture in your Mérida dream house. Lots of sunlight, high beamed ceilings, and every...

Yucatán’s bars and cantinas forge a new lobbying association

The group, which is now known as Asociación de Cantineros, is already made up of over 120 members but is yet to elect its first president. 

Progreso to host the Americas’ largest shipyard

Yucatán's Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal in Trieste Italy with the executive board of the Italian company Fincantieri. Photo: Courtesy

The Dresden Codex, the great Maya book of the stars

The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book believed to be the oldest surviving book written in the Americas, dating to the 11th or 12th century.

How photographer Mike Diaz captures Yucatán’s unique environment

As Mike grew up, he dove back into nature, researching the environment, wildlife, and space. He understood the process he had to follow in order to achieve the photos he dreamed of.