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 try many of the classes to see what interests you the most.
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Soha Awad, LCUP tutor (on the right in picture below), greeted students and parents at North Greenwood Community Center’s Back to School Event and Health Fair. She had big mouth cat and shark pictures to color and crayons to send home.
Several volunteers attended the event on August 4 to talk about ESL classes offered by the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. We now have 14 English classes at 9 locations and individual tutors. Therefore, more volunteers are always needed.
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.