The discussion guidelines were developed in response to international students request for English help outside of the classroom. Informal times of discussion provided opportunity to read, listen, and speak with Americans in a stress free situation with no tests or required attendance. The format also caused natural friendships to form between students and Americans. The categories, Bible and Lifestyle, were developed in response to students interests.
The first lessons were developed in Salina, Kansas with students from Kansas Wesleyan University attending an ESL Cafe at First Covenant Church, starting in 2004. More Bible lessons and Lifestyle lessons were developed at Kansas State University, from 2009 and continuing at the present time. Students attend the Conversation Cafe, held on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm, in the KSU student union. Additional lessons are added to the website as they are written and tested.
Jane Fox is on the staff of Bridges International, an outreach to international students. She came on staff with her husband, Rod, in 2008. Her work at Kansas State University involves serving internationals by helping with English, providing social connections and resources, and giving spiritual direction.
Previously, she has worked as a substitute teacher, para educator, and summer youth director. In her volunteer time, she has taught all age levels in churches, written VBS curriculum, organized and carried out activities from church redecorating projects to living nativities. She is a certified mediator with the state of Kansas. Her bachelor’s degree is in elementary and religious education.
In her spare time, Jane can be found spending time with Rod, chatting with her mother, grown children, grandchildren, and working in her garden and kitchen.
Her priorities are to love God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love those around her by serving them and pointing them to her best friend and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jane would love to hear from you at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1773048989642209/