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ESL/ESOL stands for English as a Second Language/ English for Speakers of Other Languages. It may sound familiar to you from the days when you were in school yourself, but the needs of ESL and ESOL students extend far beyond your alma mater's hallways.
The reality is that there are many adults in the Tarrant County area who want and need to learn English in order to provide for themselves and their families. The Tarrant Literacy Coalition is committed to helping them reach their goals.
Depending on the needs and goals of the students, different types of classes are available. For example, some students want to practice their English skills so they can read notes from their child's school. Others want to prepare for an English competency exam to enroll in college, and others want to improve their customer service skills on the job.
In order to accomodate these varied needs, classes often focus on one or several of these areas:
These classes primarily assist recent immigrants and refugees adjust to American culture. They prepare students by improving basic life skills, such as dealing with American currency, apartment rental agreements, or navigating road signs and bus schedules. They also assist students for their job search be talking about American work culture, filling out job applications, and practicing for job interviews.
These classes are designed to help students at various levels with reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students range from beginners with little to no experience with English, to intermediate students who need improvement in reading and writing, to advanced students who need to enhance their skills in order to advance in the workplace.
These classes or meetings allow adults to practice using their English conversational skills. The structure typically allows for speaking English in a variety of situations, generally with volunteers who speak English well.