Rhodes Alumna Helps Others Learn English as a Second Language

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Publication Date: 1/7/2009

Rhodes alumna Ke Qi ’07 is a Memphis Literacy Council (MLC) volunteer featured in the January 6th issue of The Commercial Appeal. According to the article, MLC has been offering English as a Second Language (ESL) since 2005. Now about 20 percent of its students take advantage of free private tutoring and small classes.

When she was in the fifth grade, Qi moved from Shanghai to Dallas. “If it weren′t for my ESL teacher (Dr. Barbara Weisner), I don′t think I would ever be at the point I am now,” she said in the article.

Qi holds a biology degree from Rhodes and is a medical researcher at St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital. “Medical research attracts a lot of international people, and I noticed that they write English better than anyone,” she said. “They′re amazing at comprehending scientific journals, but they can′t speak very well.”

Those struggling with everyday English need practice in different social situations, according to Qi, and just like her teacher encouraged her, she is now passing on to others what she learned.