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.
FALL 2016 SCHEDULE & FLYER
Download a Fall 2016 flyer in pdf format.
Teacher Training: Ongoing
Student Registration: Saturday, September 3, 9 AM – 12 NOON
ESL Classes: September 10 – December 3, 10 AM – 12 NOON
Classes will be held in: Adult Learning Center (1700 Palasota Drive, Bryan, TX 77803
First Day of Class: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10 AM – 12 Noon at the Adult Learning Center (1700 Palasota Drive, Bryan, TX 77803
Bryan ISD 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 Bryan ISD schools in that neighborhood.
NO SCHEDULED CLASS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (Thanksgiving weekend)
Last Day of Semester (Class Potluck): Saturday, December 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
ESL students are adults (18 and up) who need to learn English. Students are informally assessed and placed into a group with other students working on a similar level. After three absences, another student may be put in your place. So it is important to commit to attending the classes. You may use your own computer or use the library’s public access computers. There will be students on the waiting list.
Program coordinator Isabel Hernandez Robbins
Student coordinator Adriana Alfaro (979) 412-1174.
We always need ESL volunteer teachers. All you need to know is how to speak English. If you want to teach ESL, contact Bobbee at (979) 209-5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The way the ESL program works is like this:
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 3 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 as we have a step-by-step curriculum with lesson plans and handouts for each group using the Burlington English program.
The materials have been funded through:
- The IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
- TSLAC (the Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
- Dollar General Literacy Foundation
- Friends of the Bryan+College Station Public Library System
- Half Price Books
- City of Bryan
- Bryan ISD,
- and private donations
Other partners in our community have been a great help and encouragement:
- Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN)
- La Voz Hispana
- Radio Alegria
- City of Bryan
- TAMU Aggies
- Blinn College
- The Hispanic Forum of Bryan College Station
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. Then you can either email or mail the completed application to Bobbee Pennington, and she will get it to the City. If you have any questions, just contact Bobbee Pennington at email@example.com or call at (979) 209-5616.