English Conversation Classes for Adults at the Library
The West Springfield Public Library offers adult classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages, (ESOL) at 200 Park Street in West Springfield.
Classes take place two mornings and evenings per week, and students are grouped according to their level of communication as follows:
Individual, One-to-One Study
9:30 - 11:30 am (2 hrs.) - Monday and Wednesday
Intermediate/Advanced - Level 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm. - Monday and Wednesday
High Beginning - Level 2
7:00 - 8:30 pm. - Monday and Wednesday
There is no minimal/low-beginning level at this time.
A nominal tuition fee of $25.00 is charged for each six-week period.
Classes run from September to mid-December, and from mid-January to mid-June. No summer classes are available at this time. These classes are open to adults from all nationalities, languages, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are interested in improving their communication skills. With major emphasis on conversation, students learn effective oral expression, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary development, syntax, idioms, idiomatic expressions, reading and writing skills.
These classes are conducted in English only, and all students participate in one-to-one and group discussions in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Jonas Barrientos, the class instructor and program coordinator has been teaching and setting up ESOL programs at local libraries, community programs and in private industry since 1974. He holds a TESOL Certificate (Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages) from the International Language Institute. These classes have helped hundreds of individuals to learn practical English skills, and to move on to higher education, employment and retention, career mobility, citizenship, and overall positive involvement in the community.
If you are interested in these classes, please come to the library during class hours and meet the instructor, Joans Barrientos.
ESOL classes are sponsored by the West Springfield Public Library, the Office of Community Development, The United Bank Foundation and through the generosity and support from individuals within the community.