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Free ESL Classes — New Locations and Times!

We now have 11 locations in Northern Pinellas County for LCUP’s English Conversation Classes, with a total of 18 classes available each week.  These classes have a variety of educational opportunities: some provide basic phonics and grammar instruction, while others are designed for more intermediate students.  The strength of all of these informal classes is to give our adult students a chance to visit with each other and tutors and practice their English language skills. 

There is no cost, so please attend many of the classes to see what interests you most.

Ahora tenemos 11 ubicaciones en el condado de Pinellas Norte para las clases de conversación en inglés de LCUP, con un total de 18 clases disponibles cada semana. Estas clases tienen una variedad de oportunidades educativas: algunas proporcionan instrucción básica de fonética y gramática, mientras que otras están diseñadas para estudiantes más intermedios. La fortaleza de todas estas clases informales es darles a nuestros estudiantes adultos la oportunidad de visitar a los tutores y a los tutores y practicar sus habilidades en el idioma inglés. No hay costo, así que por favor asista a muchas de las clases para ver qué es lo que más le interesa. Haga clic en “LEER MÁS” para ver los horarios en inglés y español.

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Free Citizenship Classes at Clearwater East Community Library

Claudia Gonzalez

The Clearwater East Community Library has restarted the Citizenship Class that had been on hiatus during the library’s move to its new location.

The meetings are held in the small study room
on the ground floor of the new
Clearwater East Community Library
on Mondays at 5:00 p.m. 

Started by Claudia Gonzalez in 2017, the class continues with John Troesser conducting drills on the 100 questions needed for the Naturalization test.  In addition to the questions, explanations are given so that attendees fully understand the history and civics behind the questions.

Within its limited run, there have been two “graduates” of the program, the latest being Flor Rodriguez who became a U.S. citizen on May 9, 2018.

In the past, the citizenship program has had guest speakers to address any questions.  The class has played host to a representative from Gulf Coast Legal Services and a non-profit organization that grants low-interest loans to prospective candidates to cover expenses and fees.  Now that the program has restarted, these invitations will go out again, and personnel from the Tampa USINS office will also be invited.

Mr. Troesser says he feels privileged to have been asked to participate in this citizenship class.  “Claudia does most of the heavy lifting,” he says.  “Keeping up with the students, updating their status and whereabouts is a Herculean task.”  Claudia has recommended several students to John for tutoring and according to John:  “She hasn’t sent a bad one yet.”  They have all been exceptional.

 

Conversation Classes Resume at New Clearwater East Community Library

On April 30, English conversation classes resumed in their new meeting space at Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College.  The library is located at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater, and classes meet on Mondays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Classes had been on hiatus since mid-February, so it was a warm reunion for students and tutors and a welcoming event for newcomers.  The class is led by tutors, Jan Demers (back left) and Robin Pitchford (front right).  Tutors are welcome to visit any class.  We have many students who are eager to work, one-on-one or in a small group, with an LCUP English tutor.

LCUP Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Upper Pinellas

Tutor Carol Kennedy speaks at LCUP’s 30th Anniversary celebration

On February 17, LCUP celebrated its 30th Anniversary of Changing Lives Through Literacy at the Dunedin Public Library.  The well-attended event included the organization’s annual meeting with speakers Pat Bauer, President, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe,  Jan Demers and Carol Kennedy.  Both Jan and Carol are members of the LCUP Board of Directors, tutors and Conversation Class leaders and spoke about their experiences in literacy.  Learner Dorotea Chavez spoke about the difference learning English has made in her life.

City Commissioner Deborah Kynes presented a proclamation from the City of Dunedin in recognition of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary.  Read the proclamation here.

The following history of LCUP was presented by President Pat Bauer:

                 A History of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 1988- 2018

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas grew out of increased need for adult literacy services in north county due to population growth and demographic changes in the 1980s. The council was formed by a group of dedicated citizens who were originally affiliated with the St. Petersburg Literacy Council and saw the need to incorporate the north county program. Our articles of incorporation are dated February 2, 1988.

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