HCC Adult Education ESL seeks students and volunteers

 Volunteer tutors facilitate an English as a Second Language (ESL) Group on Monday evenings at Highland.  The purpose of the group is to allow adult learners whose first language is not English to participate in English conversation and pronunciation in an interactive, informal, no-pressure setting, using games and group activities.

Esther Mayer, coordinator of volunteer services, said, "We offer an opportunity for non-native English speakers to come to Highland to see what a class is like to improve their English speaking, reading and writing skills.  We know there are people in our community who can benefit, who are not in our classes."

Pam Watter and Wendy Kundert are volunteer tutors for the English as a Second Language Group. Both women said they got involved with volunteering their time to help others succeed.  "I had worked with mentoring younger students, but I wanted to work with adults and give back to my community. I learn as much from them, as they do by learning English," Watter said. "It's about giving them a forum to learn and speak English in a non-stressful way."

If you would like to participate in this group as a student or are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor for non-native English speaking adults, contact Esther Mayer at or call 815.599.3538.

This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ILS), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

Pam Watter (left) and Wendy Kundert, volunteer tutors for English as a Second Language, facilitate a class with Li Zhang and Amanda Tiexeira (right), who are students in the class at Highland Community College in Freeport.

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