English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL classes are for people whose first language is not English, but who want to learn or improve their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. ESL classes generally have around five or six students per tutor (class sizes can be slightly higher at Outreach sites).
We accept students at any literacy level, unless they prove to be too advanced for our program (see details about graduation below). Classes are structured around a curriculum, but tutors are also encouraged to supplement with materials of particular interest to their students.
Because we have a large wait-list, ESL students who are waiting for regular class placement are encouraged to access "the Waiting Class", a mixed-ability, mainly conversational class designed to help students practice English before placement.
Throughout their time with us, ESL students are encouraged to access other services, such as our Transition Services, the United Way THRIVE program, services from other agencies, or appropriate supplemental classes offered at Literacy Advance.
When a student's test results (in listening skills) indicate that they are ready, they will move to Intensive English, a transition class which focuses on pronunciation and conversation skills. Testing in Intensive English classes is in speaking skills; when a student's speaking skills reach sufficient proficiency, they are ready to graduate from our programs. Graduated students are invited to join the Literacy Advance Alumni group or to consider becoming volunteers!
Click here for information about becoming an ESL student at Literacy Advance.
Click here for information about becoming an ESL tutor at Literacy Advance.
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- 140 adult students learning to read and write (ABE)
- 1,500 adult students learning to speak and understand English (ESL)
- 52,800 total learning hours across all programs
- 23,000+ hours of service donated by volunteers
- 17 Family Literacy events at schools and community centers
- 1,900 Family Literacy attendees
- 3,000 children’s books distributed free to families and kids
- 99% of learners achieved or made progress toward a personal goal