By Fabiano Latham
My name is Fabiano Latham, I’m 41, I’m Brazilian, a journalist and writer, and I currently live in Boston MA.
I was asked by IINE to write about my experience as a “night” student in the ESOL program.
I can tell you that I discovered the IINE like by accident. I was looking for English courses on the internet, but none fit my budget. Suddenly I came across a dynamic website with information about IINE’s opportunities. At the same time I called and figured out I was eligible for free tuition! I thought: “Wow, this is a great opportunity!”
I enrolled and took the level test, and the next week I started classes. I really was impressed with the organization, the friendly atmosphere and the quality of the structure and materials.
I’ve been living in Boston for 3 and a half years. When I arrived here I spoke little English, even though I had already taken English courses in Brazil. On my own I was learning a bit every day, but for me, I needed to learn more intensively and so to learn in a school like the IINE is very important.
I have a degree and a postgraduate degree in Journalism and for 20 years I worked in newspapers, magazines and local TV channels in the State of São Paulo. I’m also a writer and have 3 books published. Therefore, for me, communication and language are fundamental, they are my life, my passion.
Currently, I’m finalizing the layout of the English version of my book called “Act Now!”. It’s a book about life coaching strategies with tips for changing habits, setting goals and learning to focus.
I’m really excited for the release of this version. I am also grateful for the help I found at IINE, especially by my teacher Lauren Bond, who helped me a lot with grammar and tense.
Finally, I would like to say that what most draws my attention to the IINE is the inclusion of everyone, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Such a welcome is essential for students to feel comfortable and open to learning. Thank you to all the teachers and all the IINE staff. I wish success to all on this important mission!
More about Fabiano: fabianolatham.com
More about IINE’s ESOL program in Boston: iine.org/learn