By: Christy Boyd
Posted by MountainBibleChurch Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:35:17 PST
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In communities all across the United States and Canada, there are a rapidly increasing number of people who want and need to learn to speak English. Non-English speakers come to us in many ways some as migrant workers, international students, exchange students, and spouses of military personnel.
The ability to speak English is essential for employment in the United States. Many are highly educated in their own countries, but their limited English language skills restrict their employment opportunities in the United States. Teaching English to these students helps meet a basic economic need – obtaining a better job so they can better provide for their families.
Many non-native English speakers isolate them themselves in their homes. They speak only to their families or others who speak their language. Church-based English as a Second Language (ESL) provides a non-threatening opportunity to practice English, to build friendships, and develop emotional support. As a German student told her class and teachers, “You are my lifeline.”
Church-based ESL changes the lives of both students and teachers. Students learn and develop skills necessary to function effectively in the United States. They are exposed to cultural themes, inspirational thoughts, conversational English, and supportive relationships and friendships. The teachers are blessed with helping their neighbors and gaining new friendships.
Mountain Bible Church understands this need in the Tehachapi community and is offering assistance to anyone wanting to learn or improve their English language skills. We have scheduled two class times to choose from that go for 8-weeks: Sundays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, childcare is provided; and Tuesdays from 9:30am to 11:00am; no childcare available, but children are welcome. Classes will begin January 14th.
Mountain Bible Church is located on the corner of Maple and Mountain View at 630 Maple Street. If you know someone who would benefit from this program, please tell them about these classes. Call the church office for more information, please call, 822-7541 or for Spanish, please call Mrs. Kuithe at 822-1821.