English as a second language

Looking for English Classes?

It doesn't happen often, but the Maud Marks Library has some openings in our ESL program.  Just come in and speak with a librarian.  We will ask you to fill out a short application and take a quick test so we can figure out your level.  Then, we will match you with one of the classes with openings.  Just make sure you answer all the questions on the application as thoroughly as possible.

Hurry in!  We have new classes starting soon!

Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed! Training Sessions March 21 & 29

There are a lot of very good reasons to become a volunteer English as a second language tutor at Harris County Public Library. One of the best is that with a small investment of your time each week you can make a huge difference in one of your neighbors' lives--and no experience is necessary. On March 21 and 29, HCPL is offering free training sessions that will give you all the tools you'll need. 

To register for one of the training sessions below, or for more information, please call the library, or call or email the literacy coordinator at 713-749-9035.

Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor !!

Have you ever wanted to help someone learn to read, write, and speak English?  If so, there will be a free training for prospective Volunteer ESL Tutors on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 PM. in the library Meeting Room.  Steve Zach, Harris County Public Library's Literacy Coordinator, will be presenting current teaching methods designed specifically for working with students of English as a second language ("ESL").  For more information, or to register, please call 281-360-6804, or stop by our Adult Services desk.

We Need Even More ESL Tutors

Ten weeks ago we wrote that our English as a Second Language programs were burgeoning and that we needed tutors. A number of people signed up and we’re so grateful. And now we need even more tutors because even more people are asking to learn English.

We need Tutors

Our English as a Second Language programs are burgeoning. Every week at the library we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, and we also offer individual tutoring sessions--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student.

We're looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to learn to speak, read, and write English. Are you interested? If you'd like to volunteer, please give Charity Martin a call at 832-559-4200. 

Many Adult Activities at the Library

Wow!  I was just looking at the calendar and we sure have a lot going on at Maud Marks over the next week!

Do you want to help out in the community?  On Saturday we have an English as a Second Language tutor training session starting at 9 AM.  In just 4 hours, we'll prepare you to teach adults from various countries English.  You don't even have to speak another language to help out; in fact, we prefer that you don't!  All we ask of you is a commitment of 1 1/2 hours per week through May.  Just think how rewarding it will be to help someone acclimate to life here in the Katy area!

Be a Volunteer ESL Tutor

TutorThere are a lot of people in the Fairbanks area who want to learn to read, write, and speak the English language.  If you have a little spare time, you can help them.  You don’t have to be able to speak a foreign language, and we will provide teaching materials for you.  If you are interested, please come to a training session for volunteer ESL tutors here at the Fairbanks Library on Friday, September 7, from 1:00-4:00 pm.  After the training session, we will try to match tutors with students who can meet on the same schedule.  To register, please call the library at (713) 466-4438.

Calling All ESL Tutors! / ¡Llamando a todos los tutores de ESL!

Do you know someone interested in learning or improving his or her English? Are you interested in being an ESL tutor? We're working on starting an English as a Second Language program here at the library, so let us know as soon as you're able if you would like to be part!

¿Conoces a alguien que quiere aprender ingles? ¿Estarias interesado en ser un tutor de ingles? Estamos trabajando para empezar un programa para aprender ingles aqui en la biblioteca. ¡Dejanos saber si estas interesado en ser parte de este programa!

How to Party

Learning How to Fold "A Thousand Paper Cranes"    Learning How to Fold "A Thousand Paper Cranes"

At the Maud Marks Library, we know how to party right.  This was evidenced on Monday night at our annual ESL party.  ESL students and their tutors gathered for a night of food and fun.  Everyone brought a dish from their native country.  One of the students showed of her paintings she did on rice paper.  One of the tutors spoke about how much fun her class has had over the years.  Still another student taught the group how to make an origami crane.

Teach Someone to Speak English or to Read

Harris County Public Library is always looking for good volunteer literacy and ESL tutors.  Literacy tutors teach adults to read in a one-on-one arrangement.  ESL tutors teach English to adults, one-on-one, in small groups, or in a small class.  Tutors go through a brief training program.  The Literacy Coordinator or the branch library staff then matches them with students.  There is a free literacy tutor training program coming up at the Aldine Branch Library, 11331 Airline Drive, on Saturday, October 31, from 9:00-3:30.  If this is a way you would like to serve your community, please contact the Harris County Public Library administrative offices at (713) 749-9000 or your library branch.

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