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WORD ~ ESL. 2023 E. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI. 49503 (616) 454 – 4874 [email protected] History of the WORD ~ ESL. - Program began in 1998 - Need for English classes on the West side of Grand Rapids - Funded primarily by the Dominican Sisters of

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WORD ~ ESL

2023 E. Fulton St.

Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

(616) 454 – 4874

[email protected]


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  • History of the WORD~ESL

- Program began in 1998

- Need for English classes on the West side of

Grand Rapids

- Funded primarily by the Dominican Sisters of

Grand Rapids

- Moved to Dominican Sisters’ Campus in the fall of 2012.


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Program Development

- Sr. Carmen Rostar became

director in 2003

  • Textbooks and reference

  • materials were updated

  • Relationships developed with

  • area colleges for tutors


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Student Population

  • Adults from 18 to 75

  • Immigrants and refugees

  • Largely Hispanic population

  • Also students from Russia,

  • Bosnia, Africa and Vietnam

  • Includes doctors, nurses,

  • teachers, engineers, and

  • accountants


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  • Mission and Goals of the WORD~ESL

- The WORD ~ESL program aims to provide the students with a

safe, welcoming environment where we provide the basic

English language skills they need to improve the quality of

their lives and to become active members of our society.

- Helps alleviate poverty

- Increases community involvement


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  • Other Goals of the Program

  • - Provides necessary skills

  • to give students the full

  • advantage of employment

  • and educational

  • opportunities

  • - Helps students connect

  • with social agencies to

  • meet their needs

  • - Meets needs and stretch

  • students’ abilities

  • - Welcomes the strangers in

  • our community


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  • Tutors are the core of our Program

Total volunteer force contributes to our program

- They are committed and

generous

- Area college students add

energy to the program and

gain experience in the field

of education

- They make a difference in

the lives of the students as

they build on their literacy

skills

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Dominican Sisters


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  • Adult ESL Instruction

  • Students attend one class per week - Monday & Wednesday

  • 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

    • - Tuesday & Thursday

  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • - Two semesters of

    14 to 18 weeks

    - Six week summer session


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    • Adult ESL Instruction

    • - One-on-onelessons

    • - Interaction with other

    • students and tutors

    • Emphasis on speaking,

    • listening, reading, and writing

    • Helps develop necessary life

    • skills to function on a daily

    • basis


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    • Advanced Conversation Group

    - Small discussion groups for

    more advanced students

    - Uses “Connect With

    English” video series

    - Provides students with real

    life situations such as leaving

    home, prejudice, and seeking

    higher education

    - Incorporates grammar,

    reading, conversation, and

    comprehension checks


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    • ESL Computer Lab

    - Computer lab can

    accommodate four student

    using various programs

    - Students gain computer skills

    and work at their own pace

    • Beginning students can review as much as they need to learn new vocabulary and concepts

    • Reinforces vocabulary, reading,

    • writing and comprehension


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    • Continued Development of the ESL Program

    • New site enables us to meet

    • groups as well as provide

    • private tutor space

    • (former piano practice rooms)

    - New textbooks and readers are

    provided

    - Computers in rooms as well as

    in the open space


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    • Social Activities

    - Fun while learning

    - Welcoming atmosphere for

    our adult learners

    - Sharing in holidays of various

    cultures


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    • Importance of Professional Development

    • - Professional development

    • of the tutors is crucial to

    • students’ growth

    • - Initial in-service provides

    • nine hours of professional

    • development

    - Grants enable tutors to

    participate in State conferences

    - On line tutor training also

    available

    - Resource material provides

    for professional growth


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    • Formation of the Advisory Board

    - Re-instituted in 2006

    - Guides the ESL program

    through change

    - Offers recommendations

    for policy and procedures

    - Provides input for

    administration of the

    program


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    • Our Grants

    Primary support of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

    Others: Christian Brothers, Grand Rapids Foundation,

    State of Michigan


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    • Citizenship Classes Collaborating with

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    Dominican Sisters


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    • Citizenship Program

    One day a week for six weeks. Each class runs for two hours.

    - Must have permanent resident card for five years

    - Be able to speak, read and write in English

    - Offered at GRCC West Side Learning Corner

    - Follow-up clinic with professionals to complete

    citizenship forms


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    • Citizenship Program

    View our Power Point on the development of the Citizenship program at: grdominicans.org


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