YMCA and ShareLingo

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 The ShareLingo Project

in partnership with

The YMCA Community Programs Branch

The 21st of March marked the end of the third 10-week series bringing Whittier (East Denver) neighborhood residents together to break cultural barriers through language conversation. The project, which was developed by The ShareLingo Project, and funded by the YMCA Community Programs Branch for the first 20 weeks, held its last class for the Spring at the YMCA Programs Branch at Manual High School. The project ended with a class of 18 students working together. The ShareLingo Project class is made up of English and Spanish speakers that are paired together to help each other. English speakers improve their Spanish, and Spanish speakers improve their English – all while learning about each other’s culture and background. Students who completed the program received a certificate of completion and were met last night by the Board of Trustees.


On the last day of class students were asked to evaluate the class, and rate it on several key questions on a scale from Strongly Disagree [1] to Strongly Agree [4]. Please see graphic below.


YMCS Evaluations graphic


Students felt very strongly that they benefitted from this opportunity of practicing their target language with other native speakers of that language. They strongly agreed that the course matched the description announced: that the course was fun, easy to understand and enjoyable. They felt that directions in class were clear and that they had a positive attitude towards one another.


Two key questions were tailored to the host of this location (The YMCA), this included:

  1. Your level of knowledge of the host at the end of the course?
[Scored 3.9 out of 4]
  1. This course benefits the host’s interest in providing community relationships.
[Scored 3.9 out of 4]

“ The course was fun and helped me build confidence in speaking and thinking in a foreign language.”

-ShareLingo/ YMCA Participant

“ The connections it fostered with other community members.”

-ShareLingo/ YMCA Participant

“ Really getting the chance to read and listen to a native speaker was beyond helpful.”

-ShareLingo/ YMCA Participant

“Todo el curso fue importante y me ayudóen mi trabajo, en ayudar a mi hija en la escuela y en toda mi vida.”

-ShareLingo/ YMCA Participant

“ I have taken ESL classes, and English grammar classes before, but only ShareLingo has   helped me much more in my life. ShareLingo has helped feel more confident speaking, listening and thinking correctly in English. It’s helped me have more confidence in making phone calls, and speaking to other people.”

-ShareLingo/ YMCA Participant

About ShareLingo
The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board, or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face to face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.

James Archer

James Archer is the founders of The ShareLingo Project - a Social Enterprise that connects English and Spanish speakers for face-to-face practice. This model breaks down both linguistic and cultural barriers for individuals, businesses, and non-profits.