Literacy Program Manager
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
An estimated 35,000 residents of Richmond are from another country and do not speak English as their first language. English classes are clearly important for adults who want to gain citizenship, improve their work opportunities or provide greater guidance and support for their children’s academic success. The LEAP English as a Second Language program provides residents with the opportunity to improve their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at the most basic level.
WHAT WE DO
The LEAP ESL program combines direct instruction and technology to assist beginning learners with the basics for speaking, reading, writing and listening in English. Using everyday situations and vocabulary, LEAP offers students opportunities to practice English conversations necessary for daily life. Such things like health care, parenting, housing, and employment are all topics that become front and center. Computer programs provide students with a chance to reinforce their vocabulary and improve their listening skills. Students get the chance to use technology as a tool for work and academic preparation, often times practicing their typing skills or learning more about typical software such as Microsoft Word.
HOW WE DO IT
New students are assessed for reading and listening skills. Based on their assessment and teacher’s judgment, students are place in either the Beginning or Intermediate program. Both programs offer students the same opportunity to work in a small group, blended learning situation, where community building is an essential theme of the group. Learners often engage in potlucks, celebrations, and general information sharing to strengthen their bonds as a community within the greater Richmond community.
Students get the chance to use technology as a tool for work and academic preparation, often times practicing their typing skills or learning more about typical software such as Microsoft Word.
BE A VOLUNTEER TUTOR
LEAP provides small group and one-to-one instruction, creating a community.