Free English language classes offered in
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Starting Jan. 15, Jefferson Street Christian
Church in Lincoln will offer two classes that teach English as a
second language to adults. Led by two certified instructors, the
beginner-level classes will focus on learning basic conversational
"Some people who do not have English as their primary language
struggle with the most basic day-to-day communication when talking
with people outside their families," said Clare Gramley, pastoral
counselor at the church. "We want to help people learn the skills
they need to function more effectively in our community.
"One of our dilemmas is getting word of this class out to local
people who might be interested," Gramley said. "We must use English
words, both spoken and written, to communicate this opportunity to
people who may not read a newspaper or a flier or may not understand
us if we speak to them personally.
"If people in the community know someone who might be interested
in taking the classes, we would appreciate their help in passing
this information along."
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The classes are free, but there is a $10 fee for materials.
Scholarships to cover the cost of materials are available.
Two sessions of classes will be offered for seven weeks, from
Jan. 15 to March 2, on Mondays Thursdays and Fridays. The morning
classes will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and evening classes from 7 to
8:30 p.m. Participants will have a choice of attending a morning or
Registration for the classes will take place at the first
sessions on Jan. 15. Classes will be in the Jefferson Street
Christian Church Community Center building, on the corner of
Jefferson and 21st streets. For more information, call Gramley at