Just checking in to mention a little bit about our two new parent ESL classes that we started at Havlicek School and at Freedom Middle School. Despite the cold, we have reached more than 20 new adult learners by beginning the ESL classes right after they drop off their kids at school.
Many are coming in at the high beginning level, with a few at higher levels. Most are from Mexico and have been in the US for at least 10 years, but have only taken 1 or 2 English classes. About half have never taken an English class before.
We will be partnering with Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County (LVWCC) to help us manage open enrollment. Six new learners started just this morning, and it will be great to have some support from the program coordinator and volunteer tutors at LVWCC to get everyone up to speed in the next few weeks.
Until next time, keep warm!