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ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada provides instruction at no cost to adult individuals who wish to learn or improve their English language skills regardless of sex, age, race, religion or national origin. ESL In-Home Program empowers people to become more productive members of their local communities by providing them with the language and cultural skills necessary for life in America.
From its grassroots beginning in 2004, the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada focused on the needs of non-English speaking people living in Carson, Douglas, Washoe, Lyon and Churchill counties .
The program tutrors on a one-to-one basis or small groups of 3-4 adults at "no-cost-to-student". Presently, the program has a waiting list of over 800 non-English speaking people who desire to learn to speak English.
The goal of the program is to help the parents of ESl SCHOOL CHILDREN TO LEARN ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS SO THEY CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN WITH HOMEWORK AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. This will also provide the opportunity for people in those areas to have the learning tools and environment for non-English speaking adults to learn English and become more productive in their communities.
This program is unique in that it offers a ""lifeline"" to adult students anxious to learn English but who are unable to leave their homes because of physical disabilities, limited or no transportation, lack of childcare and job constraints. There are also psychological barriers that include adults who are embarrassed, fearful and intimidated to attend formal classroom settings. With the acquisition of English, adults have a greater opportunity to find gainful employment, advancement in current jobs, become independent of social service programs, enter higher education institutions, reduce their social isolation and cultural separation, and become contributing members of their community. They are also more likely to be more engaged in their children's educational life as their English proficiency continues to grow with the likelihood of positive social and emotional health of their children as a consequence. The role model that their parents and grandparents are providing in terms of bettering themselves educationally will likely positively impact their children to also achieve educational goals.
The program is also unique in that unpaid community volunteers become tutors after training. They teach on a one-to-one basis or small gorups of 3-4 adults at mutually convenient times of tutor and student. Specialized sessions that focus on certain job skill comprehension, GED peparation and United States citizenship acquisition are arranged. These sessions are guided by ongoing communication that each tutor has with their student and the student's expressed needs.
Since the program's inception in February 2004, the program's success is exemplified by the following:--192 students are now U.S. citizens--More are now studying for the exam--Some students are studying for their GED--Many have found jobs--Some have advanced in their employment--Parents are communicating with their children's teachers and medical personnel without interpreters--Parents and grandparents help their children with homework--Grandparents are now reading stories in English to their grandchildren--Students now shop in English-speaking establishments--Some attend higher education.
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