Graham High School Spanish Teacher Liesel Wilson and science teacher Michelle Lowrey will teach an English as a Second Language class from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 26 at the Graham Learning Center, 701 Tennessee St. Classes will run every Monday and Thursday until the end of the school year.
Those interested in taking the class aren’t required to only speak Spanish. Anyone speaking any language is welcome to attend.
Wilson uses total immersion technique, which is how she teaches her Spanish class students at high school. This technique starts from the ground up when it comes to teaching a language. Liesel said basically, it is like teaching a baby how to speak. Wilson and Lowrey do a lot of pantomiming and charades and hold items up to get students to see what they are talking about.
The class is completely free of charge. Students at any level are welcome to attend. People who can speak zero English and those who can speak some are welcome to learn the language. Students will be checked to see at what level their English speaking ability reaches.
Lowrey said that students ages range anywhere from 20 to 70 years old. The classes are usually a pretty decent size, too.
Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls funds the program, which is funded by the government. Region 9 hopes that the ESL classes will transition into the GED program. Students are asked to commit 60 hours to the class because it is a federally funded program. Each class is three hours long, so students must attend 20 classes.
The goal is to move students from one level to the next. There is beginning, intermediate beginning and advanced beginning levels. Then, there’s intermediate, then advanced. Lowrey said that speaking English is useful in day-to-day life.
Students completing the program know much more English than they did when they started.
Assisted registration will take place when students attend the class Aug. 26. For information about the class, call (940) 322-6928.