2011 Literacy Champions

Rafi Charput

ESOL Volunteer Teacher, ACCCESS Program at Cape Cod Community College, Hyannis, MA

“Giving back to society was my major incentive in being involved in English education as a second language. In my lifetime I have experienced the same difficulties as the new immigrant students are experiencing. As a young adult I moved to Israel from Turkey and had to learn a whole new language in order to study at the University. Again when I moved from Israel to the United States, I had to learn not just the language, but enough to articulate and converse in a business environment. I knew that in order to achieve my goals I needed to be proficient in English. Because I was fortunate enough to overcome the hurdles and succeed, I feel it is my turn now to help others to achieve their goals by providing the appropriate and necessary tools.”

Current Projects: Conversation in the ESOL Classroom