The Department of Language and Literature offers free English as a Second Language through the English Language and Literacy Center. Registration is now open for courses beginning Thursday, September 9th.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide these ESL units to the community free of charge,” said Dr. Chris Blake, director of Lee CELL. “This is our 10th anniversary of offering free ESL classes to the Cleveland community, and we have been inspired by the hundreds of students who have invested their time and energy into our education over the past decade.
The CELL Thursday discussion program offers five grade levels for all adult students, from those who no longer have English education to those who are fluent in English.
Tuesday’s Literacy Program offers three grade levels for beginner, middle and high school students.
In addition to classrooms for adults, the Tuesday Reading Program offers special reading classes for high school and middle school students. Child care for children ages 2-10 is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All classes from 6: 30-8: 30 will have signs in the Walker Memorial building that will take students to and from the building. To protect students from COVID-19, masks are required for all participants.
The program is led by TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Dr. Blake, Associate Professor of Language Studies. CELL Student Director Emma Osco; And Tuesday night Reading Director Veronica Hodge. The English lessons are provided by Beli students who are trained in the TESOL program.
For more information about the English Language and Literacy Center and to register for classes, visit leecell.org or contact Dr. Blake at 614-8223.