Now in their third year, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach will be starting again Sept. 8.
Registration for the free classes was set to take place Thursday, Aug. 25, at Frankford Public Library at 6 p.m., and the classes will be held every Thursday at the library at 6 p.m., starting Sept. 8. They are also held on Sundays at 11:30 a.m., before Mass, at Our Lady of Guadalupe, a mission church of St. Ann’s that is located on Route 17, north of Roxana.
Coordinator Joe Nelan said they had 45 registrants the first year they held classes and 55 the second year. It’s too early to tell for this year, but he said they are hopeful for a crowd. He explained that it started as a group of volunteers, mainly from St. Ann’s, but has grown to include volunteers from many churches and different faiths.
“We were looking to do classes in a building that belongs to St. Ann’s, but we didn’t have the spaces and we didn’t want to do it in Bethany Beach,” explained Nelan. “We discovered the Frankford Public Library was interested in starting an ESL program, and it grew from there.”
Because they received a lot more registrants than they expected, they now hold classes at Frankford Methodist Church, as well.
“They are very grateful for the opportunity,” said Nelan of the students. “English is not an easy language to learn.”
Although bilingual himself, Nelan added that teachers do not need to know Spanish or have teaching experience to volunteer.
“The books are so well organized — they take the teacher right through the material.”
Volunteer Veronica Malone said they have grown to need childcare for the participants in order to make coming to class feasible, so they now offer that as well.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call Joe Nelan at (302) 539-1993.
Clases de Ingles Empezando en Septiembre 8
• En la Biblioteca Publica de Frankford, los jueves a las 6 p.m. Inscipciones el 25 de Agosto, a las seis.
• En la Iglesia de N.S. de Guadalupe (Roxana), los domingoes a las 11:30 a.m.