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    University Offers ESL Conversation Hour to Community Members

    March 9, 2021

    During the spring semester, The University of Scranton World Languages & Cultures Department and Language Learning Center is offering free adult English as a Second Language (ESL) virtual tutoring sessions for community members interested in learning the English language. Sessions are held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for one hour and are guided by tutors at the University’s Language Learning Center. The 4 p.m. session is for intermediate to advanced English speakers and the 5 p.m. session is for novice or beginner English speakers.

    The program provides community members with an opportunity to connect with others and gain confidence as they learn the English language.

    “It’s very heartwarming and amazing to see the same nervous and shy students become more confident and fluent in English after tutoring them for a while, it’s very rewarding,” said Megan Magallanes, sophomore and tutor.

    Interested community members can join the sessions via Zoom each week to receive tutoring, support, and to practice their English language communications skills. The goal of these sessions is to provide community members with free support on their journey to learn a new language. The virtual sessions offer the convenience of joining the sessions from anywhere.

     “One of the primary ways that the World Languages and Cultures Department is able to give back to the Scranton community is through our English as a Second Language tutoring program. This program allows community members to work one-on-one or in small groups with a University of Scranton tutor to improve their English skills. I have loved being a part of a program that empowers members of the community by helping them to gain the English skills and support they need to communicate.” remarked  Hannah Jackson, Director of the Language Learning Center.

    Although virtual, the sessions still aim to provide connections both with other ESL students and University of Scranton community members. Having the ability to practice and share progress with others has had an impact for both the ESL tutors and the students. 

    "Leading the ESL conversation hours allows me to connect members of the Scranton community through the English language, regardless of their background. As a former ESL student, I’m honored that I get to pass my knowledge onto them and learn from their experiences as non-native English speakers," said Crysta O’Donnell, junior and tutor. 

    The spring ESL tutoring sessions are currently underway and will continue through the conclusion of the spring semester in May 2021.

    Interested community members can register for the spring ESL sessions here

    For more information, please contact Hannah Jackson, Director of the Language Learning Center at Hannah.jackson@scranton.edu or by phone at (570)-941-4711.

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