Monday, February 10, 2014

High Schooler Eyes Program to Boost English Language Learners' Confidence

A high school student is starting an after-school program to help ELL students learn English more successfully. Every school should have someone like him.    - - Donna Poisl

By Emily Frost

UPPER WEST SIDE — A local high school student is pushing to create an after-school program to help English language learners do better academically, feel less isolated, and gain confidence and self-esteem.

Quentin Dupouy, 17, an Upper West Sider and student at Hunter College High School, is launching ELLIS, which stands for English Language Learning for International Students, and is also a reference to Ellis Island. The program will pair high school students with students in grades K-12 who want conversation partners, mentors and tutors to help them gain confidence speaking in English, he said.

He added that, despite the diversity in NYC schools, no free program like this exists in the city.
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