The mission of Canal Alliance is to help low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive. We accomplish this through our wraparound strategy which is designed to help people overcome barriers to the acquisition of the skills to thrive. This process involves recognizing the diverse skills immigrants already possess, resolving immediate needs or problems, identifying opportunities for growth, and monitoring their progress toward goals. Canal Alliance believes that when extremely low-income immigrants acquire the right skills and abilities they can overcome poverty and build a pathway to success as new Americans.
Enable adult learners who are not fluent and literate in English to become proficient in communicating in English, so that they can meet their personal, employment, community, and academic goals.
Canal Alliance has been offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for local immigrants for almost 30 years. The classes are for adults; the students are mostly Latino, with a sprinkling of other ethnicities. We offer several levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced intermediate. The students are wonderful, and it's great fun to work with them.
There are two main positions in our ESL program -- teachers and aides. Teachers design and execute their own lessons. (Canal Alliance provides books, extra teaching resources, classroom materials, and other support.) Aides help the teacher present material, assist individual students, check students' work, and do whatever else is needed to help students learn English.
A typical commitment is to volunteer for one class per week; each class goes two hours. Scheduling is flexible.
We offer three semesters per year: Spring (January-May), Summer (June-July) and Fall (September-December). Some people volunteer for just one semester; others stay on for several terms in a row.
To apply, click here: https://www.canalalliance.org/volunteer
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