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 Catholic Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church and Holy Family Catholic Church in Phoenix. We also teach at Hohokam Elementary School in Scottsdale, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale. Some classes meet twice a week and others once a week. Training is provided at the beginning of each year.
We use a team teaching approach with a lead instructor and teaching assistants. The Lead Instructor has educational experience, but this is not necessary for teaching assistants. Assistants are given training so as to feel comfortable working with the students. Generally, students are Spanish-speaking, however students of other backgrounds can be found in the classrooms. The ability to speak Spanish is not a volunteer requirement. 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 Toni Hernandez at Esl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org
Volunteer with this ministry:
- ESL Assistant Instructor (PDF)
- ESL Instructor (PDF)