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Boost Your English Skills

Boost Your English Skills

December 20, 2018

Oftentimes, when we’re uncomfortable with our grasp of something (or lack thereof), we have a tendency to withdraw. We think that other people know more than us or that we’ll look stupid or that we’ll just manage to muddle along anyhow. The truth is, we’re usually not alone in these feelings of anxiety, and we discover when we come together that we can really support each other.

That’s frequently the story with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. People can be fearful about appearing vulnerable among others, so they hold back, usually to their detriment and against their own self-interest. The reality is that ESL classes are led by caring folks who only want participants to feel more confident in their abilities to communicate. And they go out of their way to make the classes fun and the environment comfortable.

This month, we’ve been having a four-session series at the St. Stephens Branch Library, coordinated through Centro Latino. If you’d like to test the waters and see how beneficial the group classes can be, join us on Saturday, December 22 and 29 at 9 am for the final two classes in December. You’ll experience some classroom instruction, along with time for conversation. The upshot? A better command of speaking, reading, and comprehension, not to mention a little extra swagger in your step!

For details, call the St. Stephens Branch Library at 828.466.6821 or Centro Latino at 828.330.0477.