Posts in STEP! II
More Than Words

Language is powerful. We use language to tell a story, make a point, entertain, argue, and express ourselves. Here at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), we use language to build a bridge. A two-way bridge with people coming and going on both sides.

Learning a new language can be challenging on a number of levels. For me, the most difficult part of this process is the feeling that you cannot truly express yourself in a language that is not your own.

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Students Who Feel More, Learn More

This past week, my students performed skits acting out different community events. Students came to the front of the class and implored a parent to let them take a job in Jordan, confronted a neighbor about noise issues, or even groaned loudly from an illness the doctor could not treat. The goal was not only to see community events in action, but for students to feel the different emotions that these events bring about--to get them to express what another person is feeling.

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Humans of Nablus 21

I thought it (the class) would be playing games, only this. But no, I see that we learn a lot of things: reading, writing, listening. But it’s not difficult because the teacher helps us very much and we understand through her. Already in the first two weeks, I have improved in the way of talking. And when I watch television, I don’t always need to look at the translation.

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Eager, Determined, and Capable: The Success Story of Adham Badran

Adham Badran is from a village near Nablus called Asira Al Qibliya. He recently finished high school in village and is now in his first year of studying English language and literature at Al Quds Open University. heard about Tomorrow’s Youth Organization from his older brother, who has been a volunteer and local intern at the Center. Adham was waiting to finish high school and start university to join TYO as either a volunteer or as a student in the STEP! II EFL program to study English.

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How Do You Measure Up?

The atmosphere in the Zafer Masri building on first day of the summer session STEP II EFL classes could rightly be described as rife with anxious and excited energy: swarms of students huddled around the check-in table to discover their class assignments, before hurriedly making their way to classrooms throughout the building, all the while greeting new and familiar classmates and teachers.

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Humans of Nablus 20

Two years ago, I graduated from university with a degree in business administration. Since then, I have been taking different kinds of courses in order to gain more confidence, to overcome my shyness, and to learn about the world. In the future, I want to visit Malta in Spain because I have heard that there are a lot of Arabic people there.

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Humans of Nablus 19

When I was volunteering last session, I cooperated with the volunteers and got close with the children, especially the children ages 8 and 9. I did many exercises with them to help them write letters, and they learned them. For example, at the end of a few classes, I gave all of them homework to write a small story. Little by little, day by day, they wrote better.

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Show Some Grit

It’s lunchtime on Thursday in the Zafer Masri Foundation Building,  and TYO’s new EFL Fellows are beginning to wrap up their one week of lesson planning that will guide them through the next two months in the STEP! II English classroom with new students. Next week at about the same time, determined learners from across the unpredictable city of Nablus will be leaving early to ensure they can be in their afternoon classes that day.

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Beyond Expectations: The Success Story of Waed Abuzant

Waed Abuzant was born and raised in Nablus. She studied Elementary Education at An Najah University. After graduating in 2013, she did an internship with a communication company. Waed began her experience with TYO as a volunteer in the Core AM program for 2 years before becoming a local intern and a student in the STEP! II EFL program.

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