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St. Mark English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry

Learning English Opens Doors! Volunteers staff a twice-weekly English instruction program for adult students.  There are seven different proficiency levels, from beginner 1 to advanced 2. In a typical session, students range from young adults to senior citizens and come from about 30 different countries and 5 continents. The students represent many different religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.  For most volunteers, no foreign language skills are necessary because English is the only language all the volunteers and students share. Most ESL teachers and aides volunteer one evening a week, either Tuesday or Thursday.  Classes are from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. For lead teachers, there is also some planning involved and communication by email to their Tuesday/Thursday counterparts. The time commitment totals about 3 hours a week for lead teachers, about 2 hours/week for aides.

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Sharing our Freedoms:  Also offered is optional citizenship tutoring for students who demonstrate at least intermediate English proficiency and have submitted an N-400 (application for naturalization).  The curriculum is designed to prepare the students for the civics knowledge and English reading and writing portions of the citizenship exam. Tutoring takes place from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM and employs a multi-media approach including video, audio, Internet, and in-class exercises, and interview practice to thoroughly prepare the students for the exam.   The time commitment totals about 2-3 hours a week for tutors.

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Let’s Talk!! An optional conversation class is offered to our intermediate and advanced students prior to the core ESL classes.  Facilitated by several volunteers each session, the conversation class provides a 45-minute period for students to practice conversation skills. Different topics will be the focus each session.  The conversation class meets from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM.  Facilitators plan activities and conversation topics and report to their Tuesday/Thursday counterparts.  The estimated time commitment is 90 minutes/week.


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