English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

Imagine trying to live in a foreign country where you don’t know the local language. The ESL Ministry teaches basic English language skills to help immigrants rebuild their lives.

Classes are taught from September to May and are held in five locations: St. Matthew’s and St. Andrew’s  and Holy Family parishes in Phoenix, Hohokam Elementary School in Scottsdale, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale.  Some classes meet twice a week and others once a week. Training is provided at the beginning of each year.

Generally, students are Spanish-speaking. The ability to speak Spanish is not a volunteer requirement, nor do you need a teaching background. We use a team-teaching approach (with a designated lead instructor) and total immersion – speaking only English in the classroom. Lesson plans, classroom handouts and teaching materials consist of a combination of purchased texts and donated material, funded by several cash grants and donated services from the Casa.

This is a very satisfying ministry. Students are dedicated and instructor-student relationships often turn into friendships. As students learn English, volunteer instructors learn about students’ lives, their families and their work.

Inquire with Annie Neroda at esl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org

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