English and Adult Education

 

 

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Teaching Methodology

All CASA’s classes utilize a combination of communicative task-based learning and Popular Education techniques.

“Popular Education is a collective and long-term educational process that empowers educator and students to apply a critical eye to the current political, socio-economic, and cultural reality in order to transform it…  Popular Education differs radically from mere training or the simple transmission of information.  It allows people to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to understand, make commitments, come up with ideas, transform, and be transformed.”  – Ranulfo Peloso.

Lessons are focused upon concrete and practical everyday experiences.  Students, as adults, come to class with experiences they are encouraged to share and peer teach while performing tasks.   Class materials are geared towards student’s life experiences and promote both civic engagement and community empowerment.


Intensive Life Skills ESOL Program

The goal of CASA’s Life Skills ESOL Program is to improve participants’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English so that they may become more financially independent, increase their employability, better integrate into U.S. society, and achieve their personal goals.  Classes provide adult-learners with the skills to apply English accurately and appropriately in a variety of places including but not limited to home, community, and workplace settings.

Life Skills ESOL Classes
Are offered in four 8-week sessions per year: Fall One (8/23/16 to 10/14/16), Fall Two (10/24/16 to 12/16/16), Winter (1/23/17 to 3/18/17), and Spring (3/27/17 to 5/20/17).  The two hour classes meet four times a week for a total of eight hours of instruction per week.  Students can enroll in either the evening or morning classes.

       Evening Classes
Are currently held at Northwood High School where levels Basic to 5 are offered Monday through Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Childcare is provided for         students with children ages 2-10 years for the evening classes.

For more information, contact Shaka Pack: 240-491-5746 or spack@wearecasa.org

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Morning Classes

Are held at various CASA centers: Basic at our Silver Spring Welcome Center, level 1 at our Multicultural Center or “the mansion”, level 2 at our Prince George’s Welcome Center, and level 3 at our Silver Spring Welcome Center.  Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

For more information, contact Rebecca Cusic: 240-491-5750 or rcusic@wearecasa.org.

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Saturday Classes

Are held at CASA’s Silver Spring Welcome Center.  Classes meet on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more information, contact Rebecca Cusic: 240-491-5750 or rcusic@wearecasa.org.

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Drop-In Workforce ESOL Program

CASA’s Workforce ESOL Program is a service provided to CASA members participating in employment services at CASA’s Welcome Centers in Wheaton, Silver Spring, Rockville, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore City.  The Workforce ESOL Program is aimed at improving workers’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English in order to expand their employment prospects and increase their earnings.  Students learn how to effectively communicate with co-workers and employers and are familiarized with the customs and norms of the workplace including workers’ rights and responsibilities.  CASA is unique in providing ESOL programming to effectively reach immigrant workers by providing drop-in classes at the location where they gather to access employment, thereby assuring them both the opportunity to improve their English skills and be placed in jobs.  Two sessions are offered per year: Fall (9/5/16 to 12/8/16) and Winter/Spring (1/10/17 to 6/15/17).  

For more information, contact Rebecca Cusic: 240-491-5750 or rcusic@wearecasa.org.


English Innovations

English Innovations is an ESOL class offered in Multicultural Center and at our Falls Church Welcome Center.  Students practice conversational English while also learning computer skills such as email, google search, PowerPoint, creating videos, blogs, vlogs (video blogs).  Students do not need to have strong computer skills to enroll in this course, but they should have an intermediate level of English proficiency.

For more information, contact Shaka Pack: 240-491-5746 or spack@wearecasa.org.

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Spanish Literacy

CASA’s Spanish literacy class is a free class for native Spanish speakers of the Long Branch community who did not have the opportunity to complete their education in their country of origin.  Students learn basic reading and writing in addition to basic math and social studies.  As with all other CASA classes, themes are taught according to their application in everyday life situations.  Two 16 week sessions are offered per year: Fall  (9/6/16 to 12/22/16) and Winter/Spring (2/7/17 to 5/26/17) at our Pine Ridge Community Center.  Classes meet Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

For more information, contact Hellen Dominguez: 301-445-3139 or hdominguez@wearecasa.org.

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 Computer Literacy

CASA’s computer literacy class is a free class for residents of the Long Branch community.  Students learn how to perform basic tasks such as explore the internet, send emails and create MS Word documents.  They also learn how to effectively utilize their smartphones to access resources and perform everyday life tasks.  Three 9 week sessions are offered per year: Fall (9/6/16 to 11/3/16), Winter (1/17/17 to 3/16/17), and Spring (4/4/17 to 6/1/17) at our Pine Ridge Community Center.  Students can register for classes that meet Tuesday and Thursday evening OR for classes meet on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more information, contact Hellen Dominguez:301-445-3139 or hdominguez@wearecasa.org.

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 Health Education Workshops

On the second Friday of every month from 5 pm to 6 pm, CASA’s Pine Ridge Community Center will be hosting free health workshops in partnership with Priority Partners. While adults participate in the workshop, their children will watch an educational movie. Workshops will be facilitated in Spanish and/or English depending on the needs of the participants. Below are the scheduled topics for the upcoming workshops in 2016: Nutrition and Obesity (September), Children’s Dental Health (October), Diabetes (November), STD Education (December), Zika Virus (January). The series will continue in 2017 and the topics will be announced shortly.

For more information, contact Hellen Dominguez:301-445-3139 or hdominguez@wearecasa.org.

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After School Program

CASA’s After School Program is a free program for elementary school children ages 7-11 living in the Long Branch community.  Participants receive assistance with their homework and engage in workshops that cover themes such as self-esteem, leadership development, nutrition, and the ecosystem.  Three 12 week sessions are offered per year: Fall (9/6/17 to 11/23/16), Winter (January to March), and Spring (April to June) at our Pine Ridge Community Center.  The program is held from Tuesday to Thursday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

For more information, contact Hellen Dominguez: 301-445-3139 or hdominguez@wearecasa.org.

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