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 (8/21/17 to 10/14/17), Fall Two (10/23/17 to 12/16/17 ), Winter (1/29/18 to 3/24/18), and Spring (4/2/18 to 5/26/18).  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, morning or Saturday 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.  Registration for evening classes that start on                Monday, October 23rd will be held on Thursday, October 12th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Multicultural Center, 8151 15th Avenue,           Hyattsville, MD 20783.  Please see flyers below for further detail.

For more information, contact Drew Kochman: 240-491-5746 or dkochman@wearecasa.org

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Morning Classes

Are held at various CASA centers: Basic at our Prince George’s Welcome Center, level 1 at our Multicultural Center or “the mansion”, level 2 at our Silver Spring Welcome Center, and level 3 at our Piney Branch Community Center.  Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  Registration for morning classes that start on Monday, October 23rd will be held on Thursday, October 12th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Silver Spring Welcome Center, 734 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD 20903.  Please see flyers below for further detail.

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

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      CASA also offers a drop-in life skills ESOL class at our Baltimore Center, 2224 East Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21231.  Classes meet             Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am from September 5th to December 7th.  This is a FREE drop-in class for CASA                   members.  Students can start attending classes at any point from now until early December.  Please see flyers below for further detail.

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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.  Registration for Saturday classes that start on October 28th will be held on October 14th 12th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Silver Spring Welcome Center, 734 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD 20903.  Please see flyers below for further detail.

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

Click here to view flyer in English          Click here to view flyer in Spanish

        Click here to view flyer in French           Click here to view flyer in Portuguese

Click here to view flyer in Arabic            Click here to view flyer in Vietnamese

Click here to view flyer in Thai                Click here to view flyer in Mandarin

Click here to view flyer in Korean           Click here to view flyer in Amharic

Click here to view flyer in Kreyol


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 (9/5/17 to 12/7/17) and Winter/Spring (1/16/18 to 6/21/18).  

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


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  (September to December) and Winter/Spring (February to May) 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.


 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 (September to November), Winter (January to March), and Spring (April to June) 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.