FOR LEARNING TIPS & PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
SERVING ADULT STUDENTS IN EASTERN SUSSEX COUNTY
In operation since 2004, the English as a Second Language Program at the Lutheran Church of our Savior is the largest of its kind in Sussex County. Free Classes for adults at proficiency levels from beginner to advanced are offered in day and evening sessions and focus on social interaction, vocabulary and conversation, grammar, writing and reading comprehension.
NOTE: There will be no in-person classes or children’s program during the 2020-2021 academic year. Classes will be held online using Zoom.
Enrollments for Zoom classes will be capped at six students per class. We will keep a waiting list for each class so that we can notify interested students if space becomes available. Online registration for Fall 2020 classes will become available in mid-August.
Have questions or need more information? Interested in volunteer teaching opportunities? Contact Program Director, Pam Cranston, at email@example.com or (410) 591-6887.
In 2003, our congregation became aware of the need for an ESL program to serve the residents of Eastern Sussex County. We spent that year securing funding, studying other successful ESL programs and building excitement for this ministry within our congregation. English classes began in January 2004 at the church, and over the years, have been supplemented at various times by health fair activities, seminars/workshops on immigration and taxes, workshops, as well as programs about vital community resources. In addition, the program has periodically offered pre-GED classes, citizenship classes, and basic computer classes. Individual students often receive help, as needed, with supplemental food, housing, solving utility issues, obtaining a driver license, immigration information and referrals for medical problems.
After starting with two teachers, a handful of church volunteers and 40 students, the program now averages 150 to 200 students a year. While the students represent over 20 countries, most use Spanish as their first language. Students are assisted by over 40 volunteer teachers who come from all backgrounds, e.g., teachers, doctors, nurses, and engineers. Most are now retired, and many do not have a teaching background. Learning levels are structured from beginner to advanced. At higher levels, writing and speech are emphasized. Some teachers provide extra tutoring and/or act as conversation partners. Prospective students are interviewed during registration periods to determine their placement level. The interview consists of a verbal and writing placement tests to determine the student’s current capability with English. The students are placed in one of four levels. They select the morning and/or evening sessions. .
Child care is offered at no cost so that parents are able to attend classes. Our child care program provides a learning environment for the children. In addition, it provides a yearly book fair for children.
The program is supported by the Church and funded by grants from the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Longwood Foundation, Harry K. Foundation, Gannett Foundation and SoDel Cares, along with donations from individuals and local businesses.
If you are interested in volunteering with our program (Teaching ESL classes, childcare, administrative, donating food, etc), please contact the LCOS office at 302-515-4385 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ESL program at LCOS is very grateful to the following sponsors for their support of our program.
Arsht Cannon Fund
Harry K Foundation
Big Fish Charitable Foundation
Delaware Community Foundation
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Sussex County Council
Rehoboth Beach V.I.A.
Fork & Flask at Nage
Georgetown Millsboro Rotary Club
Waves Car Wash