English as a Second Language
Learning English is critical for refugees and immigrants, no matter when they arrived in the United States. Volunteers and Staff teach five different levels of English. During instruction, children are cared for in the Children’s Activity Program.
ESL Class Schedule:
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Levels: Basic, Beginner, Low-Intermediate and High-Intermediate
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
My name is Luke Gordon, and 6 months ago I discovered online volunteer opportunities available at the Disciples of the Way Ministries. While I was originally interested in helping out with the computer education courses, due to schedule conflicts, I luckily was able to volunteer for the ESL program. Every Monday I have the privilege of working with students from all walks of life, who prioritize their education very highly. My students in the intermediate/advanced course not only posses a thirst for dismantling difficult communication barriers, but also have taught me a lot about life outside of the United States. This program has been a true blessing, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
The ESL program is a great way to give back to society. It is easy to do: it is a gift of time. It is very rewarding. It is well organized and a great way to learn about other cultures and customs. Payment is in smiles and laughter: the best reward in the world.
Teaching ESL is a great way to strengthen your own language skills in addition to helping those who really want to learn English. The thirst for knowledge is astounding. And it is amazing to see it all come together!
I like teaching with DOW because it reminds me how lucky I have been to have had so many opportunities in life. When I see how many challenges my students face I am reminded I need to share my life with others who have not been so lucky.