Field Trips and Experiential English in Columbus, Indiana

 One of our ESL students found a book about interior decorating.

One of our ESL students found a book about interior decorating.

It was time for a change in our English class routine. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and some of our students met at a local library to learn where to find books they would be interested in reading. We prepared for this day last week when we reviewed vocabulary related to libraries. We tried using these words in sentences and with help from their instructor, they practiced key phrases they would need to be able to find books and check them out.

Last week, the students talked about topics they would like to learn more about. One student likes sports and is interested in marathon running. Another likes interior decorating and has experience with this in her home country. Our other student was interested in books about places to travel within the United States and abroad.

 There are lots of books about running and marathons.

There are lots of books about running and marathons.


 An ESL student chooses a book about travel in the United States.

An ESL student chooses a book about travel in the United States.


Before we checked out our books, we sat at a table together and shared what books we decided to check out. It was a good opportunity to share and learn more about our classmates. Afterwards, we took a tour of the library that was designed by architect I. M. Pei and then went next door to the visitor's center where we saw glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.