Our goal is to teach. Our desire is that we provide an environment that is comfortable enough for our non native English adult learners to learn. We want to provide our adult learners with skills that will enable and empower them to become self sustaining citizens who live confidently in our community of Culpeper and ultimately in any community that they choose to reside.
English classes are provided for non-native English speakers to assist them in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Traditionally, our participants engage in our program for small group or individualized instruction in order to develop their skills to attain employment in the Culpeper area. Teachers and tutors use a variety of curricula and techniques, and generally, the focus is on the individual goals of the participant.
Beginning Level Classes
Rosetta Stone classes offer computer-assisted learning following the Rosetta Stone Program. Students progress at a self-guided pace and are assisted by instructors who help with pronunciation, meaning, vocabulary and context. Additional learning activities and educational resources are utilized within the class.
Everyday English teaches English in an informal way. Students learn about everyday speech and situations they may encounter in their daily lives. New words and phrases are learned daily and the goal is for students to become comfortable and gain confidence when speaking English.
Practical English is an informal and interactive class has a main focus of conversational English. Role playing games, music and media are all utilized in order to help students feel more comfortable speaking English in everyday situations.
Intermediate Level Classes
Conversational/Intermediate English classes provide a comfortable and non-threatening environment in which students can strengthen the skills they have in reading and speaking the English language. The class is comprised of students who are at various levels in the English-learning process. Some students who are enrolled in other ESOL classes use the “Conversational English” (CE) class as a great supplement to their continued study.
Pre-Citizenship/Civics (Community Education) is a short term 8 week class that uses materials provided by USCIS to learn vocabulary, US History, community information (civics) that will give students a good background on taking the next step to explore US Citizenship.
Advanced Level Classes
Conversation and Grammar class uses a variety of methods to build a strong foundation in the English language. Listening exercises, grammar review, writing, pronunciation and vocabulary building are all covered in this dynamic class. Authentic texts are used (ie: newspaper, menu items, medicine labels, and maps) in addition to educational materials from the CLC library. Technology resources are also incorporated making “Fridays with Frank” a comprehensive class for adult learners.
Citizenship Prep Class
Citizenship Prep is a small group setting (1-2 students) that is geared towards adults who have met the pre-requirements to become a United States citizen. A tutor helps students understand the N-400 application for Naturalization, explain and study questions for the citizenship test and practice reading and writing simple English sentences for the test.
English Writing class builds on vocabulary words and phrases to learn proper word structure and grammar. In this class, you will learn to master the English language. While the focus is on the written form, this normally brings about an improvement at the speaking level. By playing with idioms and problematic words, writing dictations and reading aloud, we improve your comprehension at the same time as your spelling, and expand your vocabulary. We use tailored exercises to help you understand the correct usage of prepositions, articles, pronouns, punctuation, modifiers and verbs. As the end goal is for you to be able to write on your own, the homework is often writing short texts of a practical nature. Sometimes we also write about less serious things, so you can learn to better express yourself. Although a certain aptitude is required, this class adapts to the capabilities of the students in order to resolve most problems as they appear.