ESOL Family Literacy (10 week course)

Request is for Coolidge Corner Library meeting room on 12 Tuesdays, 12-1:45pm starting September 24 (open registration/info session) followed by cohort sessions October 8-December 3 and looking at October 10th for either presentations or community event.

For more than a decade, the Brookline ESOL Program has provided low-cost, high-quality, comprehensive English language instruction for low-income, Limited English Proficient adults in Brookline. As of August 2015, the program is under the sponsorship of the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA). Our current program schedule offers classes from beginning to high intermediate. Classes are offered on-site at various community sites and are held at various days and times to accommodate a variety of students.

The ESOL Family Literacy will build on the Brookline ESOL Program’s work engaging low-income immigrant families in literacy programming.  The extension project aspires to welcome and integrate such parents at their local library.  This ESOL Family Literacy project will engage at least ten parent learners in weekly literacy workshops and even more through close integration with the library, including a family/community literacy event.  The project will add a curricular component of increasing families’ understanding and utilization of the local library in addition to supporting parents’ English language development, providing for print-rich home environments, and fostering cultural transmission in multigenerational homes.


In the words of lead instructor and curriculum developer, Alicia Hsu: “As I have become a regular patron of the library, and have developed relationships with library staff, I want to introduce my students to the many librarians and services available to support them and their families.  Many ESOL students have little or no experience with public libraries from their countries of origin, and do not fully grasp the aspects of community and learning that can be found there.  It is our hope that by continuing our Family Literacy classes in collaboration with the public libraries in Brookline, we are able to integrate available services, community experiences and increased language opportunities into student learning.”

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The next event in this series is on September 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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