ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

WHAT IS ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)?

ESL is a community outreach program for international adults who want to learn the English language and American culture in a Christian setting.  Students originate from dozens of countries, study under several skill levels and cover a wide range of ages.  ESL volunteers do not need to know a foreign language to serve. ESL teaches the English language, American culture, and Christian beliefs – for beginners to advanced international adult students in our region.  The program provides a team roster to share, teach and train with to become better instructors.  The look of pride and confidence in a student when they grasp a word or concept is inspiring!

WHO DOES ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) SERVE?

ESL serves church and community volunteers and the local international community.

WHERE AND WHEN DOES ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) MEET?

ESL classes meet September through April of each year. We offer classes on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 and classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00. Classes meet in Building 100 on the Harrison Church campus.  Classes are broken into four levels of skill and study.  In addition to teaching English skills, devotions are encouraged.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AND HOW TO GET CONNECTED

Opportunities include being a class teacher, a class assistant or a host for the social break.  New volunteers are invited to observe classes and talk with present teachers.  Some training is provided depending on the need.  There are multiple days and times to find the best fit for everyone’s schedule.  New volunteers can contact the Director (Leslie Little).

We also need snack donations for our adult students during their social break.  Classes are held Tuesday thru Thursday, until the end of April.  Please write “ESL” on the item and place it on the Plummer Building kitchen counter.  Students like anything sweet that goes with coffee and hot tea, salty like chips and popcorn, or healthy like peanut butter and fruit/vegetables.