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Bridging Cultures: Working with English Language Learners on December 2

Exposure to other cultures is both fascinating and enriching. In visiting a foreign country, we come to appreciate the people and their values, history, language, culture and, of course, food. The same thing can happen at home when we encounter individuals from other backgrounds. The contrasts give us a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and practices.

Alicia Lopez, Diana Larkin and Helen Clement are delighted to share how working with English Language Learners provides a remarkable understanding of other cultures. We will discuss with you three ways we have worked with people who are learning English as an additional language. Alicia Lopez will describe her experiences teaching students in a public-school setting. Helen Clement will speak about teaching English to young Buddhist monks in Bhutan. Finally, Diana Larkin will talk about hosting international students in her home.

Watch your email for an invitation to this Zoom panel discussion which will take place on Wednesday December 2, at 5PM.

Alicia Lopez Nieto ’91, has been teaching for over 25 years, and is currently an English Language Learner teacher. She is also a lecturer in the ESL Licensure program for graduate students at Mount Holyoke College, and a doctoral student at UMass Amherst. She often reflects on her teaching through her blog, Maestra Teacher (

Diana Larkin ’68 has hosted adult students from a dozen countries, opening her home to them while they participate in an English language immersion program. Before retirement, she obtained a Ph.D. in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and put together a freelance career in her specialty of ancient Egyptian art. She was a visiting professor (primarily at Mount Holyoke College), a museum consultant and a guest curator.

Helen Clement ’76 spent two years teaching English, math and science to 50 young Buddhist monks in Bhutan. She has also tutored individual students and migrants from five other countries. She spent 18 years on Wall Street and 8 years in urban planning in Los Angeles. Her Wellesley majors were geology and religion.