Thank you from a VEP Student

Dear VEP,

I want to express my sincere gratitude for giving me the opportunity to enroll in your program. VEP not only made great efforts to improve my language skills but to make better my life in U.S.

Connie and Margarita at the 2012 Spring Fundraising Breakfast

First, I want to thank you for my tutor. I know how difficult is to get a tutor for each student on your long waiting list. I was lucky to get the best tutor for me: Connie Partridge. Connie has been my English teacher, my advisor, my coacher, my friend and eventually a mother. Teaching the language in context with the culture makes a significant difference for non-native speakers. This is exactly what VEP tutors’ make. For this reason, the learning process with a tutor becomes more effective than a traditional classroom set. For example, the classes and evaluations took place in real life situations like getting the driver license, having phone conversations, leaving voice messages, writing a claim. As I got the feedback from my performance in all these real life situations, I gained confident to face daily issues by myself.

Second, I want to thank you for sponsoring books, audios and online material to study. What I liked about VEP books is that I answered the frequent questions that immigrants have when we first move to U.S. Topics like how to apply for jobs and how to write a cover letter were fun to study and useful to work on my goals.

Third, I want to thank you for setting a conversation group. It is good to have this monthly meeting to share with others who are going through the same experience. I got useful advices from advanced students to improve my listening. Also, I met my dear friend Jessica. Since we don’t have the same native language, it was a good opportunity to meet her and get a conversation partner in English.

Finally, I would like to express my admiration to this program. The administrative staff was very supportive from the first time I met them. I appreciate all your efforts to run this program. I understand now why America has been a world leader country. People and programs like VEP make that leadership possible. I wish this program could open new chapters around states someday. I thank you again for all the wonderful work you have done and wish you all the best for the future.

Sincerely,

Margarita

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