English Language Learning

Contact Sister Helen Jaeb at (806) 376-5471 ext.274 or hjaeb@cctxp.org for more information

Tutors, classroom assistants, material preparation positions are all needed. Volunteers with the ELL program are personally rewarded with the help they provide to our students.

 

On June 4, 2018, the English Language Learning (ELL) program began to develop for Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle. Sister Helen J. Jaeb, a School Sister of Notre Dame, MA answered the invitation to begin and coordinate the new English Language Learning program. Classes began October 8, 2018.

Sister Helen came to Amarillo with vast experience in teaching, ranging from elementary students in Minnesota and North Dakota, ten years with adults in Guatemala, adult men in a state correctional facility, and English to students attending Notre Dame College in Kyoto, Japan. If that isn’t enough she also taught in Hungary. Her last ministry before coming to Amarillo Sister Helen started an English Language Learning program at a faith based senior community center in Minnesota.

Sister Helen’s passion is teaching and she loves helping those acclimate to their new environment with language skills and culture changes.


ELL

The ELL program is developed to fit the needs of those who want to become more proficient in the English language. The program is designed to help those study the language by learning listening, speaking, and reading and comprehension skills. Not only is the English language learned, but also an understanding of the United States culture. Students develop relationships with their tutors and learning companions, helping them to acclimate to the community. Students have a choice of three different sites in Amarillo with a variety of days and times to make it easier for them to attend classes on a regular basis.


Tutors

Volunteer tutors are the backbone of the program. One does not need to be a licensed teacher or have any kind of teaching experience. All a tutor needs is a compassionate heart, patience and a willingness to learn from their students about other cultures.

Tutor training is given before one begins to tutor. Usually there are two tutors to a class. The ELL coordinator is always available to help however needed, find materials for the class lesson and be a support to the volunteer. The commitment is one or two classes a week, each 2 hours.


Students

Students who are wanting to learn English and commit to the classes have the opportunity to attend classes one to three times a week. Classes are 1 1/2 hours each session. It is required that the student comes at least once a week. Classes will be held September to May with a possibility to attend a few weeks during the summer.


Locations

Blessed Sacrament Church
2500 S. Bolton

Monday
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Laurence Church
2200 N. Spring St.

Monday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday
9:30 – 11:00 AM

St. Joseph Church
4122 Bonham

Tuesday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Sponsors

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