English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language program (ESL) provides English language instruction for those whose spoken language is not English.

An ESL tutor helps the learner bring their English speaking level up to meet the needs of everyday life and helps the learner to become fully engaged in life in their new country.

ESL learners have gone on to do great things for themselves and their famlies such as:

  • Gain confidence and skills to function and thrive in their new environment
  • Become more involved with their children’s education
  • Gain employment
  • Attend college
  • Provide for their own needs and those of their family
  • Gain U.S. citizenship
  • This program is beneficial for speakers of languages other than English. The learner must be functioning at or below the 9th grade level to qualify to receive our services. Sessions are offered in the forms of one-on-one tutoring and small class learning.

Department Contact:

Jennifer Majorana
Director of Adult Literacy

Our orientation and training offerings have been impacted by our office closure due to COVID-19. If you are interested in accessing training online, please call our office at 989-498-1425. Thank you!

Tutor Information Session: an overview of all our tutoring programs and how you can become a tutor

April 20, 7 – 8 pm, Grace A. Dow Library, Orchard Room – TBD

New Tutor Orientation:  an overview of all our tutoring programs, completing a tutor application and how to work with our wide variety of learners

April 17, 9 am – 12 pm, Legacy Center – TBD
April 30, 6 – 9 pm, Legacy Center – TBD

Tutor Training Sessions In Class:  if you have completed your tutor application and know in which of our programs you’d like to volunteer

April 13, 15, & 16; 6 – 9 pm, Legacy Center – TBD
May 7 & 14, 9 am – 2 pm, Legacy Center (Barton Reading only)

RSVP by calling 989-496-1425 or emailing Kristin Goetschy

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