English as a Learning Language

ESL tutors and studentsMondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon at the UU Urban Ministry

Renewal House offers English classes to community members and residents of our Renewal House domestic violence shelter. These twice-weekly classes are taught by volunteers and cover conversational English, grammar, vocabulary, and life skills. A combination of group work and individual tutoring provides each student with help at her own level.

Classes begin with students and teachers sharing breakfast and a bi-lingual check-in. Volunteers focus on building students’ confidence and providing a safe and comfortable learning environment. Teachers are given materials and curriculums and receive specialized training on domestic violence and its effects on students.

Advanced students who are interested in becoming citizens of the U.S. are invited to join a concurrent Citizenship Class.  Here they prepare for the oral and written parts of their naturalization interview, including an extensive civics test, and get assistance with the citizenship application process.

Childcare is available for the children of both teachers and students.

If you are interested in volunteering as an ESL teacher or childcare provider, please follow this link to review the full job descriptions.