Omaha Public Library and the Literacy Center will work together to offer English as a Second Language classes at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m., beginning on August 7.
The classes are free, but registration is requested by calling 402.444.4850. Teens and adults interested in learning English are encouraged to participate.
Volunteer instructors will use interactive methods involving activities and conversations to practice using English. Instructors strive to make learning a fun experience, believing that it’s more likely to resonate with the students when they enjoy the lessons.
Participants can expect to learn the basic concepts of how to speak English as well as American culture. Students will be tested at the beginning and the end of the classes to assess their learning. Students are strongly encouraged to attend every class because each class is a progression from the previous one. Though the classroom experience is somewhat individualized for each student, repetition is key to the learning process.
“Many South Omaha Library patrons are from another country, such as Mexico or Sudan, and have a small working knowledge of the language,” said OPL program coordinator Sarah VanRaden. “There is a need in our community to offer these ESL classes in partnership with the Literacy Center. Beyond workbooks and audiobooks, we want to provide the resource of teachers with experience in teaching English as a second language.”
The Literacy Center has celebrated over 40 years of improving literacy skills in the Midwest. Programs like Adult Basic Education, pre-GED, and English as a Second Language are offered free of charge to students in the Omaha area. Approximately 70,000 residents in Omaha are functionally illiterate; the majority of these are unable to read above an 8th grade level. Offering services to adults regardless of income, the Literacy Center strives to empower families and adults by improving literacy skills and promoting education.