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WORD ~ ESL

2023 E. Fulton St.

Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

(616) 454 – 4874

scresl@att.net

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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

WORD ~ ESL

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

WORD ~ ESL

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