Curiosity = Learning

Alex, who is from Moldova, comes to each ESL class with a question for me. Is American like English? What is the difference between “speak” and “talk”? When we were discussing family member vocabulary, he indicated that he had no brothers or sisters. I made some comment about how being an only child must be nice. After class, dictionary in hand, Alex came to me and made me understand that he was abandoned in a Russian orphanage as an infant and that he grew up there. My face must have told him my response. “It’s good,” he said, “best part is green card in U.S. and now learn English to become real American.” I think he already is. His testing showed a two-level jump, and his curiosity about the language continues.