Because our community classes were popular and effective in 2013-2014, East Bay ESL plans to continue to offer free classes next year. Classes are based on community need, so our offerings will change slightly, but classes will still be entirely free for students and offer free childcare.
In 2014-2015, we will run a weekly citizenship prep class as well as a transitions class that will coach students through the move from Family Literacy ESL to GED, work, or community college ESL classes. The transitions class will focus on the writing, presentation, and math skills necessary for more advanced academic classes.
If you want to support these classes, here are a few ways you can help.
Buy a Ladies of Literacy calendar for 2015 or one of the other community class products. Profits from these products will fund our community classes.
Host a house party. Invite a few friends and host a house party/fundraiser. If you would like to hear from the teachers, students, or volunteers in our classes, contact us.
Donate to our classes. Our goal for the year is $6,000. You can help us reach our goal here or sign up to receive updates over summer.
Thank you for your support of immigrants in our community!
Welcome to summer!
The school year is coming to a close here, so you are probably planning your vacations and adventures. Here are some books to read over summer to keep up on your English.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean C. George.
The story of a young woman who lives with wolves in the wilderness of Alaska to escape an unwanted marriage.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers.
How would you cope if you were on trial for murder? This creatively formatted book takes on the perspective of a young man on trial.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.
A story of a friendship between a pig and a spider on a farm.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The story of a teenage boy who has to make choices about the direction of his life, his place in the world, and basketball.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
The story of an American mail order bride.
Which book would you like to read?
If you haven’t already, make a visit to the EngVid Youtube channel. Poke around and find a video that’s particularly helpful or that you really enjoy. Once you have a recommendation, bring it back here and post it in the comments section to share with other students and teachers.
This EngVid Video showcases James. He is my favorite teacher on the channel because he has great information and he’s not afraid to be a little bit goofy. As you’ll see, this video coaches you on habits to break when you want to learn English. Do you have any of the bad habits he has listed?
East Bay ESL is an English language school for adult students in the San Francisco East Bay.