It takes great courage to be an adult to approach strangers and say “I cannot read” or, “I don’t understand English.” Adults feel humiliation and great shame. Yet, we see people do that here all the time. And so, it is heartbreaking to say “there is a waiting list.” Sometimes the wait for a tutor is a very long one.
There are always more students than there are tutors. In order to address the growing needs of our community when it comes to learning, we have created several ESL: English Learning Centers. Managed by our staff with volunteer assistance, the ESL: English Learning Centers serve those folks who are struggling with reading, writing, and speaking English.
Many of our students come from Mexico, but are also from other parts of the world. Some were highly proficient in their native language, others were struggling mightily.
No matter where they are from, or what level they had achieved in their native land, our adult students are welcome to join our English Learning Centers. They will meet in small groups with others who are at the same level. Learning in a friendly setting, conversation groups are a great way to practice English — and, to make new friends.
There is no waiting list, and of course there is no charge. Some of our centers offer child care while the parents are learning. We celebrate holidays, and often bring in community speakers so that people can learn more about the community.
|Monday evening 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Adriance Library, Market St, Poughkeepsie.
Free Baby sitting provided. Classes are divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of English speaking.
|Tuesday evening.6:00 to 8:00 PM, Literacy Connections main office, 325 Main St.
Childcare not available. Classes are divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
|St. James Church, Reimer Ave., Dover Plains:…Mondays 6:00-8:00pm.Grace Episcopal Church, Franklin Avenue, Millbrook|
|Classes are also held at Grace Church halfway up Franklin Ave on the right in Millbrook on Tues and Thurs eve from 6:15 to 9:15. Classes are run by BOCES and assisted by LC volunteers. Students must attend both nights to take the classes.|
Snow Closings for Literacy Connections classes and office follow the Poughkeepsie City School District.
To learn more, please call Marian at (845).452.8670