ESL Program


ESL

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.

MOUNCE LIBRARY ESL CLASS SCHEDULE WINTER/SPRING 2015

Get a 2015 winter/spring ESL schedule

TEACHER TRAINING:

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10am - 12 noon
Mounce Public Library, 2nd floor Meeting Room
Dr. Jim Witherspoon, author of the popular ESL books: English Comes Alive! and English Comes Alive for Students will be leading the training.

STUDENT REGISTRATION AND ASSESSMENT:

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10am - 12 noon
Mounce Public Library, 2nd floor Meeting Room

ESL CLASSES RUN FROM JANUARY 31 – MAY 9

THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS:

Saturday, January 31, 10 AM - 12 Noon at the Mounce Library

REMAINDER OF CLASSES ARE IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION

(due to AARP Tax Assistance Program using the Mounce Meeting Room)
Saturdays, February 7 - May 9, 10 AM - 12 Noon at the Adult Learning Center (1700 Palasota Drive, Bryan, TX 77803)

BryanISD and Region 6 of the Texas Education Agency have graciously allowed the ESL class to meet in the Adult Learning Center (1700 Palasota Drive, Bryan, TX 77803) for this semester. This location is near the library. Many of our ESL students also live in this neighborhood and some have children enrolled in BryanISD schools in that neighborhood.

NO SCHEDULED CLASS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 4 (Easter weekend)

LAST CLASS:

Saturday, May 9, 10 AM - 12 Noon at the Adult Learning Center (1700 Palasota Drive, Bryan, TX 77803)

CLASS PICNIC

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM - 1 PM at Sue Haswell Park (1142 E. William Joel Bryan Pkwy., Bryan, TX 77803)

RAIN LOCATION: MOUNCE LIBRARY
If it is raining, the picnic will be at Clara B. Mounce Public Library (201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803), in the second floor meeting room.
If you are not sure about the location, contact the library or student coordinator Adriana Alfaro at (979) 412-1174.

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) and by Bryan ISD and Region 6 of the Texas Education Agency (in the Bryan Adult Learning Center on Palasota Drive).

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 ProLiteracy.org. (See Proliteracy Online Literacy Teacher Training).
Here is our ESL Orientation Slideshow.
Because the library is part of the City of Bryan, you will need to fill out a volunteer application with the City of Bryan.
Please go to the City of Bryan volunteer page to get the current application.
If you have any questions, just email Bobbee Pennington at bpennington@bryantx.gov or call Bobbee at (979) 209-5616.


World Peace ESL graphic

Print Friendly