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The VCPL’s LifeLong Learning Center offers a free, English as a Second Language (ESL) conversational program. The LifeLong Learning Center’s program is a member of ProLiteracy, a not-for-profit international organization that advocates for adult literacy. The VCPL ESL service is available for Vigo County’s adult, pre-college level English language learners, who are residents and long-term visitors.
Adult ESL Learners
The Women’s Conversation Group, a large group class, meets every Wednesday from 10 am – 12 noon. It is a multi-leveled group. Instruction is provided by the LLC Manager. Some literacy-focused topics include: everyday conversation, health, technology, popular culture, the environment, social justice issues, cross- cultural exchange, and visual arts, and navigating local healthcare and school systems. Pre-registration is not required.
One-to-one tutoring with a volunteer ESL tutor requires registration. Individuals are matched according to the availability of volunteers, mutual scheduling preferences and waiting list order. Instruction is based on each learner’s needs and goals.
The LifeLong Learning Center loans books and CD’s for improving English language skills. ESL learners are encouraged to use the library’s free program, Gale Courses, which offers 6 week courses (24 total hours each) in English grammar and writing to prepare for college entry and work.