Prisoners Learn English

Jim Bullard, an ex-ferry boat owner, has taught English as a second language for 13 years at the Incarceration Facility in Mineville, NY.  Run like a boot-camp, qualified prisoners serve six months and, if satisfactory, are paroled.  His students are usually under 25, come with all levels of education, and are weak in English – so weak they cannot reach the seventh grade level required to take the GED course for a high school diploma.  Some are single, some are married.  All have a fever to improve their English.  Jim improvises his Spanish as he goes along.

00:00 – Jim and details about the class

01:30 – What the course does for them

02:25 – How Jim sees God at work here

03:17 – How telling the story helps Jim

04:21 – What the story might do for viewers

05:00 – They have the lowest recidivism rate

05:54 – Thanks, Jim

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