As you saw earlier this week, community classes have started in West Oakland. Citizenship Prep students and Beginning ESL students meet weekly, bringing with them great drive and enthusiasm for learning.
Over the year, students have made significant progress. Despite backlogs on the government’s end, two students have passed their citizenship exam. Beginning ESL students have moved from letters, sounds, and sight words to simple sentences and questions. Students have gained independence and basic skills which help them navigate American life.
The classes also have other impacts on the community. They bring together women from different countries who normally don’t interact. Women from Yemen, Eritrea, Mexico, and Guatemala come together to learn, but they leave with friendships across language and traditions.
Classes will continue until the end of May. Your donations allow these classes to continue. If you want to support the classes, please donate here.
East Bay ESL is an English language school for learners in the San Francisco East Bay.