Do You Want to Improve Your English?
TALK TO ME! The Friends continue to offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation classes at the Library, designed especially for non-native English students at the “advanced beginner” and “intermediate” skill levels. The Winter-Spring 2017 session, a series of weekly classes over a 10-week period, started recently and will end on April 26. So far this session we have already welcomed new students from France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, China, Iran and Poland, as well as returning students from Belarus, Israel and Taiwan.
Eighteen students participated in our fall session included, which ran from September 21st through December 14th. The classes were designed around themed topics such as the 2016 election process, including the primaries, the debates and election day. We also reviewed idioms, read poetry and discussed issues or problems experienced by the students, such as describing symptoms to a doctor and shopping for specific items in a large department store.
Fall-session students hailed from 16 countries, including Iran, Slovakia, Taiwan, Israel, and several South American countries. We ended the session with an international feast, where students (and tutors) brought dishes or treats from their home countries to share with the group. We washed down (USA’s) Mac & Cheese with black tea brewed from tea leaves grown and harvested in a student’s hometown in Turkey, and enjoyed homemade cookies from Slovakia and honey cakes from Taiwan.
We are fortunate to have four tutors this session, all volunteers, three of whom also serve on the Friends’ Board: Marilyn Freiser (Friends’ Treasurer), Rebecca Cohen and Jill Sansone (Trustees-at-Large), and Penny Metsch.
We welcome all interested students to join this fun and pressure-free program. If you know of a recent Hoboken arrival who wants to improve his/her English conversation skills, please tell them about our program, which has been running continuously for more than 20 years! We meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm on the 3rd floor of the Hoboken Public library. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org