Language Instruction

Location Location Location: Difficulties with Church-Based ESL Programs

Church-Based ESL Programs For decades, Amarillo churches have answered the call to serve incoming refugees through English and citizenship classes. The sheer number of volunteers serving the refugee community in this city is mind-boggling! At Paramount Baptist Church alone, 80 volunteers arrive every Wednesday to serve 300 refugees through their LEAF program. As I visit…

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Refugees Learning English: Obstacles

One of the greatest needs in Amarillo is for refugees to learn English. We know it, and they know it too. In Amarillo, members of our community often complain about the poor English abilities of local refugees. Just talk with a nurse or a teacher, many of whom regularly call translation services for the simplest of communicative…

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