ESL Program


Many English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in our community have long waiting lists for students who want to learn to speak the English language. The Mounce Library is helping other community organizations meet this need in the Brazos Valley by offering an ESL program, modeled after other successful ESL programs offered by public libraries across the state of Texas.

Student Registration and Testing:

Ongoing registration is on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mounce Public Library.
There may be a short waiting list, but we will try to place students as soon as possible.
Please ask for Adriana Alfaro (student coordinator) or Bobbee Pennington.

Fall Semester Classes:

Saturdays, September 13 - December 13, 10 AM - 12 Noon at the Mounce Library
There will not be a class on September 27 (Texas Reds weekend), November 8 (Friends of the Library's fall book sale), and November 29 (Thanksgiving weekend).

ESL Students:

ESL students are adults (18 and up) who need beginning and survival level English. The classes cover English phrases for shopping, banking, talking to a doctor, talking to your child's teacher, and other important conversational skills.

ESL Volunteers:

We always need ESL volunteer teachers!
All you need to know is how to speak English!

The way the ESL program works is like this:
The students are assessed and then leveled into one of eight to ten groups, from beginning to advanced.
Each student group is assigned a team of 2 or more teachers.
This works well because if one of the teachers in the group cannot be there, the class can still go on with the other teachers.
As part of a teaching team, you don't have to make every Saturday.
Also, you will not be thrown into a teaching situation without help.
You can be a part of any teaching team or student level that you feel comfortable with.

We provide all of the materials you will need.
The materials have been funded through:
   •  Dollar General Literacy Foundation
   •  Texas Reads from the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
   •  Half-Price Books
   •  Friends of the Bryan+College Station Public Library System
   •  private donations

Space is granted by the City of Bryan (in Mounce Public Library).

Other partners in our community have been a great help and encouragement:
   •  Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN)
   •  La Voz Hispana
   •  Radio Alegria
   •  TAMU Aggies
   •  Blinn College
   •  The Hispanic Forum of Bryan College Station

Tutor Training:

If you decide to become part of the ESL program, then we can schedule teacher training. Dr. Jim Witherspoon, the author of English Comes Alive, does most of this. There are also online training options with (See Proliteracy Online Literacy Teacher Training).
Here is our ESL Orientation Slideshow.
Because the library is part of the City of Bryan, here is the pdf volunteer application that you need to fill out to become a volunteer.
If you have any questions, just email Bobbee Pennington at or call Bobbee at (979) 209-5616.

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