ESLC Furniture Goal

We have recently looked around our office and noticed how well used our furniture has become. To show you proof we have documented bits and pieces of our 1980’s wooden desks and worn down chairs.


So after multiple staff meetings and coordinator input we have daydreamed about what our office could look like and have come up with a plan. We are raising $6,000 for new office furniture and we are halfway to our goal!

Please join others in making our office ergonomically correct and aesthetically pleasing. Thank you for your consideration in advanced!

For those of you who have donated - thank you for your donation! Because of YOU our coordinators will not have to endure sitting on any more uncomfortable chairs. Because of YOU we can say goodbye to the chairs that are falling apart. Because of YOU our office will look aesthetically pleasing. Because of YOU we will be able to roll over to another coordinator and have an impromptu meeting where our collaborative ideas will flow with more ease.

Stay tuned to future pictures that will showcase how fitting the new furniture will be for our collaborative work environment.

In short, please help us make our day! Thank you for your support!

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Please Remember the ESLC During this Season of Giving

Today is Giving Tuesday and many nonprofits are encouraging the community to pick one or two organizations that they believe in to donate to them financially. We would be honored for you to consider the ESLC. Truly, no gift is too small.


Year End Donations

With the holiday giving season around the corner, you may be thinking about if you want to give to a charity, which charity to give to, or perhaps how much to give. Of course this is a personal decision, but if you are reading this posting, we are hopeful that your altruistic side is leaning towards donating to the English Skills Learning Center, where any dollar amount will go towards bridging cultures through language. Here are a few ways that you can donate to the ESLC:

As you are shopping for some great things on Amazon please know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to English Skills Learning Center whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Please select us on Amazon Smiles during this holiday season.

After you survive Black Friday and Cyber Monday you can join others around the nation on Giving Tuesday and donate to us by sending in a check or clicking on our “DONATE” button on our website.


Tell your friends, family, co-workers and your network about the important work that we are doing in the community and challenge them to match your donation.


Your donation will allow us to continuing assisting students like Lok, ESLC April Student of the Month. Lok was attending an ESLC citizenship classes from October 2013 to May 2014. During that time, he attended citizenship class regularly and was working hard to prepare for the citizenship exam. He applied for citizenship in January 2014 and took the test in May 2014. His hard work was demonstrated on an English test where he showed great improvements as he got two level gains in speaking and one level gain in literacy! In class, Lok was always eager to show what he has learned. In addition, he was motivated and very enthusiastic to the point that his wife is now attending ESLC classes to prepare and pass the US citizenship exam.


Your donation will also allow our staff to give support to volunteers like Alyssa. Alyssa completed the ESLC volunteer training in January 2014 and began teaching the Emergent Reader class at Scott School soon after. This was a particularly challenging assignment because of the large class size and variety of English levels. Alyssa stepped up to the challenge and so did the ESLC coordinator. Every time Alyssa teaches, she makes sure students feel welcome and comfortable. Her students love coming to her class because of her well-thought out and organized lessons support. She helps students understand how to follow instructions and complete activities while presenting content in a way that allows each student to work at his or her own pace. Alyssa truly cares about each of her students and fully supports the mission of the ESLC to “empower English language learners.”


Thank you in advanced for your donation: together we can achieve more, locally!


You Are Invited!

Will you bring your friends, family, and colleagues to come, watch, and learn about the US Refugee Program and Somalia, African Bantu people who have been living in our community since 2004 by watching Charters to the Stars at the English Skills Learning Center on Thursday, October 16th from 6-8pm?


Charters to the Stars is about descendants of slaves, disturbed by the civil war, Hassan and Fatouma are Bantu people from Somalia. The Bantu people are facing extinction and live in refugee camps in Kenya. A new life is ahead for Hassan and Fatouma, as well as for 13,000 men, women and children: they are about to come to Salt Lake City in the USA through one of the biggest migration program ever organized.


Hope to see you on the 16th!




Vocabulary Myth

Myth 8: Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover second language vocabulary adequately.

Most ESL teachers rarely teach vocabulary systematically. ESL textbooks often focus on grammar, reading, or other skills instead of explicit vocabulary instruction. Do something with vocabulary in every lesson. Once you teach vocabulary, you must test vocabulary. Vocabulary practices can take many forms; what appears to be most important is not the form of the exercise as much as the number of forced retrievals of the word or its meaning. The three most important components of activities that foster L2 vocabulary growth:

Noticing – students need to notice the word and be aware of its usefulness. Teachers might have to point it out to the students until they develop this skill.

Retrieval – there are two types of retrieval: receptive retrieval (multiple choice questions, odd man out, matching, defining, word searches) and productive retrieval (fill in the blank, crossword puzzles, error identification, answering questions, original sentences, original story)

Creative Use – using the word in a way that is different from the original encounter.

Let us know how this works for you by posting on our Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn accounts.


ESLC Job Readiness Program Launch

The ESLC includes the Job Readiness program in their English for specific purpose menu. Want to learn more? Below are frequently asked questions about this new program!

The ESLC Job Readiness Program is for people with limited English proficiency who are preparing to enter the workforce or want to become more familiar with U.S. work culture. Potential students should be able to understand frequently used English words in context and when spoken slowly. Students should be able to recognize, read, and write numbers and letters in English. They should also be able write basic personal information such as name, address, and phone number. Please refer students who are serious about trying to get a job in the US and who will be able to attend ten hours a week for six weeks.

The six weeks of class is divided into three – two week modules. Each module has a set of competencies the students will pass off. These competencies allow students to demonstrate what they are learning in class and are directly related to entering the workforce. Examples of the competencies are filling out job applications, giving personal information orally, and calling in sick. The first module focuses on preparing for work. We will discuss things like setting goals, assessing skills and experience, giving personal information, and comparing work in students’ native country to work in the U.S. The second two week module focuses on finding a job. We will practice interviewing skills, filling out applications, and describing skills and abilities. The third module focuses on keeping a job. In this module we will talk about work expectations in the U.S. such as punctuality and efficiency. We will also discuss getting along with coworkers and problem solving at work. At the end of the six weeks, students will receive a certificate which shows the number of hours they completed in the class as well as the work related competencies they passed off.

Classes will be held Monday – Friday. Classes are typically two hours a day. The times of classes differ depending on the location.

The classes will be held at several community locations throughout the valley. Please contact Elin Isakson for information on the locations.

Please send interested students to a registration event. Registration events are typically held during the week before a class starts. At this event we will get relevant information from the students and give them two short screening tests. Based on the screening test, we will match students of similarlevels and put them in a class. If students are too high or too low for the class, they will be referred to another class.

These classes will help to familiarize students with American work culture and expectations via ESL instruction. We will guide students through the process of considering job skills and abilities and setting goals, to applying, interviewing, acquiring, and keeping a job. Our goal is to help students to be ready to work by the end of the course.

Elin Isakson, Job Readiness Program Coordinator


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ESLC Furniture Goal
$ 6000.00
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$ 3000.00
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We are raising $6,000 for new office furniture and we are halfway to our goal! Please join others in making our office ergonomically correct and aesthetically pleasing. Thank you for your consideration!



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