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.


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.


Last Day of Semester (Class Potluck): Saturday, December 10, 11 AM – 1 PM

ESL Students

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.

ESL Volunteers

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

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:

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:

There are also supplemental online training options with 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. 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 or call at (979) 209-5616.

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