English as Second Language (ESL) Providers, Part 3

ESL Providers 1Several unexpected connections occurred from our ESL provider gathering.  After the meeting, our information was forwarded to several other organizations that wanted to be included in the ESL resource we were putting together.  These were three contacts that were unable to attend the meeting.  However, they were eager to be included in the provider resource guide.

We learned that a new 24/7 learning channel for English Language Learners was being launched by the Language and Culture School of Omaha, a meeting attendee’s organization, a few weeks after our gathering.  Additional connections were made to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) with a meeting attendee.  UNO had Advanced Spanish students that were looking to volunteer at community ESL classes.  This request was made just as I finished the provider resource guide so it was very good timing.  They were very happy to receive the English as a Second Language (ESL) Providers Resource.

Just a few weeks ago, a Metropolitan Community College ESL instructor was looking for English conversation classes for his students.  They needed 60 hours to pass to the next level.  I was able to hand him the English as a Second Language (ESL) Providers Resource.

This resource has proven very valuable very quickly.  All the Omaha Public Library branches will soon have copies distributed by the library’s New American Task Force, a committee focused on immigrant and refugee needs.  One task force member used the resource’s email addresses to let the ESL providers know what resources the library had to help them with their classes.

Our community’s need for ESL classes is great.  The library is now able to provide an up-to-date resource for both patrons and organizations.  The benefit to the Omaha community has been a much bigger impact than I could have imagined.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Providers Resource is available to the public at http://guides.omahalibrary.org/newamericans.  Click ESL Providers List under the ESL/ELL Resources in Omaha text box on the right hand side of the page. Or download the PDF file here.

Posted by Laurie Hajek-Jones, Facilitator-in-Training

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