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Free ESOL classes Nov. 2-Dec. 9


2009-10-21

Classes for speakers of other languages provided in student-run program

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College sophomore Amanda Saca, who now hails from Atlanta, has not always called the South home. In fact, she hasn’t always called the United States home.

Saca, whose father is from El Salvador, has lived all over the world – a year in Israel, four in Chile, another four in Peru. She comes from a family of speakers of other languages, and she was inspired by her own grandmother’s experience learning English in community-based programs.

She began her life speaking something other than English. When she arrived in The States as a high school freshman, she didn’t readily embrace her own culture and language. After volunteering to teach in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program in high school, though, she decided to use her talent as a bilingual person as a service to others like her – speakers of other languages.

Now, she has used that passion to start an ESOL program at Wofford and is inviting speakers of other languages in the community to participate for free. “I want to help people to be able to function effectively in society – no language barriers,” says the government and French major. “I hope that the ESOL program will have a growing community within Wofford and will continue for many years after I graduate. I hope the volunteers in the program in 10 years are just as excited about it as they are now at its beginning.”

Non-English speakers in the Upstate community are invited to register for the free five-week program designed to help improve their English, to be taught by Wofford students.

Participants may register at the beginning of the class.

The program is open to all speakers of other languages– from beginner to advanced – in the community who want to improve their English skills.

The ESOL classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in a five-week series beginning on Monday, Nov. 2, and running through Wednesday, Dec. 9. Classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees may attend both classes or just one class per week.

For more information, contact one of the program supervisors, students Emily Barber (barberem@email.wofford.edu) or 404-432-8566, or Amanda Saca (sacaat@email.wofford.edu).