Missionaries giving free English lessons

English, anyone?: Clark and Geilman holding the placard promoting their free English class.

SIBU: Free English class, anyone?

Motorists here were caught by surprise on Wednesday when two “white men” held a placard at traffic light intersection inviting people to their free English class.

Met by Sarawak Metro yesterday, the duo – Elder Clark and Elder Geilman, both 19 – said they were here for missionary work for Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day-Saint. They are from Utah, in the US.

“We already have one class with five students aged between 19 and 40. We felt that as we need more students, we have to advertise our class by showing the placard,” said Clark.

After doing that they received up to 15 calls from interested individuals.

Asked what was the catch for anybody wanting to study English from them, Geilman said: “There is no catch here. Anybody can join and they do not even have to become member of our church just to take up the class. Teaching the subject is part of our missionary works here.”

The students are taught on listenining, phonetic, grammar, vocabulary, conversation and reading.

As to what level was their English lesson, they said they could teach all levels.

Clark had once taught in Singapore and Geilman in Miri, benefiting a high number of eager learners.

As both were conversant in Mandarin, their learners could pick up their lesson very fast since they were using it to teach them the English language.

Their English class is on every Thursday for one hour 15 minutes from 7.30pm.

“As there is no committment from our students, they can come anytime when they are free,” they said.

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