Give It Up D.C. 2020 Giving Guide | by Catalogue for Philanthropy, Greater Washington | Washington City Paper | November 25, 2020

An estimated 41 percent of DC’s low-wage workers are immigrants, but without a command of the English language, career advancement is nearly impossible—and time and money for classes are scarce. So Washington English Center fills the gap, providing excellent and affordable English instruction at convenient hours: six days a week, day and night. A team of more than 350 volunteer teachers and tutors offers a sequence of classes from beginner to advanced, focusing on both written and verbal communication and serving 1,700 students each year. Citizenship preparation, computer classes, and a workforce readiness program that includes one-on-one job coaching, interview preparation, and job fair field trips further build skills and empower students. For many, WEC is a community as much as a classroom—the place where they learn, connect, and take the first steps toward achieving the American dream. You can help make this dream a reality.

For Adult English Learners In D.C., Virtual Learning Has Its Pros And Cons | by Hector Alejandro Arzate | DCist | September 2, 2020

With fall classes getting underway, many teachers and students in the D.C. area have made the jump from in-person to virtual learning. But for thousands of adult English learners who largely belong to the area’s immigrant community of 1.3 million people, the transition to classes held via teleconferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts comes with particular challenges.

In interviews with DCist, some adult English learners say they’re juggling work, parenting, and learning another language — all while adapting to new technology in the middle of a pandemic that hinders them from interacting with their teachers face-to-face. Learning a foreign language remotely also presents potential tradeoffs, including with troubleshooting complex grammatical and writing issues, analyzing body language and situational context, and engaging in immersive experiences such as field trips to museums and theaters.


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