ESL Program

Texas Reads English as a Second Language (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 our community by offering an ESL program, modeled after other successful ESL programs offered by libraries across the country. This project is made possible by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2013), the Dollar General Foundation (2013), the City of Bryan, the Friends of the BCS Library System, the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network, St. Andrews Episcopal Parish, and the Santa Teresa Catholic Church.

Registration and Testing:

Saturday, September 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Noon)
Registration: Mounce Library 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Group by Group Assessment: Mounce Library 1st Floor Conference Room


Saturdays, September 13 - December 13, 10 AM - Noon at the Mounce Library
There will not be a class on on September 27 (Texas Reds weekend) and November 29 (Thanksgiving weekend).

ESL students are adults 18 and up who need beginning and survival level English. The classes cover only very basic English phrases for shopping, banking, talking to a doctor, talking to your child's teacher, etc.

ESL Volunteers:

We really need ESL volunteers in the fall! The way the ESL program works is like this:

The students are assessed and leveled into one of several groups, from beginning to advanced. Each student group is assigned a team of 2 or more teachers, with a veteran teacher part of each teaching group.

We will have a new volunteer training for you through Dr. Jim Witherspoon in late August, or you can do some online options available from ProLiteracy (

If you’re interested, please download the City of Bryan's volunteer application, which must be completed by all volunteers. If you have any questions about the application or the ESL program, please feel free to contact Ms. Bobbee Pennington at 979-209-5616. Thanks so much for being willing to help out with the ESL program!

Tutor Training:

Volunteer tutor training is available on an ongoing basis and also online.

ESL Orientation Slideshow