English Learning – English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA)
English Language Acquisition for Adults provides free classes for immigrants and refugees who want to speak, write and read in English in order to fully participate in, and contribute to, our community. ELAA students come from more than 40 countries and have educational levels that vary from college graduates to those who do not read and write in their native language. What they have in common is a strong desire to improve their English to achieve their goals. Their motivation and energy drive the classes.
Tutors work in in teams at schools, libraries, churches and community centers to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. Classes typically meet for 1 ½ to 2 hours twice a week on a set schedule. A small number of advanced conversation classes meet only once a week. Lessons are built around students’ interests and goals, such as getting a job, helping their children in school, and participating in the community. Through a student-centered approach, students quickly build the confidence, skills and support systems needed to survive and thrive.
ELAA tutors are asked to make a minimum commitment of 9 months (three sessions). Tutors do not need prior teaching experience — only the desire to learn. Tutor preparation begins with 12 hours of foundations training and continues throughout the year in study groups and workshops. Team-teaching provides built-in support as tutors apprentice and develop their skills. Tutors become part of our community of lifelong learners.
Ready to join us? Yes, it is a commitment of time and energy – but it is a commitment that repays your efforts many times over!