Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is Carol Ann Freeman’s sweet spot. Her 23 trips to Hungary since 2007 are proof of it! The Nyack alumna, (ADCP ’04; MA ’08; MS ‘16), who is a TESOL adjunct professor at Nyack and the former executive assistant to President Michael Scales, is responsible for developing the curriculum and training teachers for the English camp hosted by the Debrecen Baptist Church in Debrecen, Hungary. Her educational mission was recently featured in Hajdú-Bihar Napló, a daily newspaper in northeastern Hungary. English is taught by volunteers using skits, games, crafts and singing. Chloe Nevill, (NC ’13) alumna and a current Nyack College adjunct music professor, served as the music teacher who also wrote original pieces. Pictured above right with Mrs. Freeman is Zsófia Kulcsár, a high school student who was the translator for the English lessons.
Carol Ann explains, “My grandparents came from Szúcs, Hungary and when I was a child, they told me about their country. Even though I had never been there, I loved the country they described in their stories. I knew I wanted to teach English in Hungary and was fortunate to make connections with Debrecen Talentum Baptist School.”
She adds, “Nyack is a big part of the success of this English camp. I am so thankful for Nyack College and its programs that prepared me to do this ministry. The English camp has the reputation of being a quality, fun and well-run program. Especially appreciated is the ongoing commitment to this partnership; and Nyack College–through its participating faculty and staff, including Dr. Marie Kenote and Mrs. Bonita D’Amil–who have been part of that partnership.”