Duke students hold free, virtual, English tutoring classes to help Hispanic community during pandemic
In a time where everyone is physically distant, a group of Duke students have created a virtual space to help non-English speakers remain socially connected to the world.Posted — Updated
There is a group of Duke University students working to bridge that gap. In a time where everyone is physically distant, these students have created a virtual space to help non-English speakers remain socially connected to the world.
The pandemic has emphasized these challenges surrounding communication. These three Duke students are leading efforts to help fix the disconnect.
“We’ve been able to build a community that exists in this virtual space. And that was the one worry we had going in, thinking we really want to be able to provide worthwhile classes," said Bates Crawford, Diner’s co-president.
Duke GANO, a student-run organization, offers free one-on-one English language tutoring to Hispanic Durham residents. It recently moved from on-campus to online.
“We’ve actually been able to expand our reach in ways we didn’t expect," said Erica Langan, the vice president of Durham Outreach.
"We’ve been doing a 2:1 ratio of tutors to tutees, ahen we typically aim for a 1:1 ratio," added Crawford.
As the interest level and the need continues to grow, it highlights the significant role this plays in changing lives.
"It’s an exchange of stories, and it’s making connection with people," said Langan.
"It’s not even about the language, fundamentally, or about Spanish versus English. It’s about the community and the dynamic that you have," added Crawford.
The classes are offered twice a week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom. The fall session will run until mid-November, and students can go to any number of sessions and start or end whenever they choose.
Anyone interested just needs to have access to a computer or phone with camera and WiFi in order to participate.