Free Community ESL Classes Offered

Free Community ESL Classes Offered
Posted on 09/18/2020
Hello in multiple languages clip artDistrict 146 is once again offering free adult English language classes to community members. The District is partnering with Governors State University to provide online classes.

"Community English as a Second Language classes have proven extremely beneficial to our district families," said Adelicia Brienzo, Coordinator of Early Learning and Bilingual Education. “These classes not only help our families acquire listening/speaking, reading, and writing skills in English, but also provide a supportive networking environment for English learners.  We are excited to continue partnering with Governors State University to offer these classes remotely, despite the pandemic, and are looking forward to another year of learning and community-building!"

Three courses will be offered this year: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English. Beginner and Advanced classes will be held online on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10:30 a.m. Intermediate classes will be held online on  Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-10:30 a.m.

Registration and pretesting will be held September 21-25 at the District Administration Center from 9 to 11 a.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's classes will be held virtually. Each participant will receive a Chromebook and study materials to be used throughout the classes.

“During the pandemic, it is as important as ever that District 146 continues to strive for 'Learning for All',” said Dr. Jeff Stawick, Superintendent. “Past participants of our ESL classes have reported that positive outcomes like better job attainment and confidence in talking to teachers about their children’s experiences. I am thrilled that we are once again offering these classes.”

For more information, those interested can contact Adelicia Brienzo at (708) 614-4547.

The English language classes are paid for using funds from the District’s Federal ESL grants.

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