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Though she was multi-lingual, Shabnam didn’t speak any English when she arrived in the United States in 1999. She found work in a postal center for a large company. Because of the noise and her lack of English, she had was unable to interact with co-workers. Her conversations were limited to hello and goodbye.
“For five years I worked at the postal center. Nobody talks to me,” she said. “I wish I could talk. For five years, no talking. And finally I was thinking, I need English now. I was feeling bad. My nephews and nieces could speak English.”
A friend helped Shabnam find Literacy DuPage, where Michael was assigned to tutor her.
“I was so excited when I was introduced to my teacher. I got a very experienced teacher who knows how to teach you,” Shabnam said.
Michael started Shabnam’s English education off by opening up an over-sized book filled of with Norman Rockwell paintings. He told Shabnam to begin by writing down what she saw. They would then work on the words.They also began working with books that had an accompanying CD. Shabnam would first listen to the audio, and then follow along with the words and the CD. After two years of tutoring, Shabnam is now reading books like “Little House on the Prairie.”
Being able to converse in English has given given Shabnam confidence to navigate her adopted country. “I can speak on the phone. Before I was very scared and the phone would ring, ring, ring and I wouldn’t answer,” she said. “Now I’m confident. I can make doctor’s appointments. I can go shopping. It’s much easier for me. My life is very changed.”
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