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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Being able to communicate well in the English language is essential for success in the United States.The Walworth County Literacy Council ESL program is designed to help adults speak, understand, read, and write English.Each adult student is paired with a trained volunteer tutor.Tutors assist students on a one-on-one basis or a small group setting.English Conversation classes are also offered (click here—link to Learners page, which contains info on conversation class)

In addition to tutoring English, tutors help students achieve many life skill goals.Goals include obtaining a driver’s license, helping their children with school work, or becoming a United States citizen.

Tutors report that they have benefited from the association with their students as much as the students have.

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“Through the Walworth County Literacy Council, I am a volunteer tutor teaching English as a Second Language.I have been matched with a delightful student from Mexico, a young mother of three children, with minimal English skills.I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I see her being able to communicate in English and Spanish with her family via the Internet, read from an English book, and help her children with their homework. After an exhausting day at work, her motivation is such an inspiration to me and strengthens my commitment to volunteerism.It DOES take a village to make a community.”


For more information about this program please contact:

Lilly Barrett, Coordinator