Since 2018, the Cairn School of Education has hosted the Community English Language Program (CELP). CELP is a free program offered to members of the community who are looking to develop their English language skills. This semester, it will take place on Zoom.
Headed by Marika Ravin, ESL program advisor and assistant professor, CELP brings together English speakers and English learners for an interactive classroom experience. The teaching staff is a team of Cairn education majors and other volunteers, providing a great learning opportunity for both the language learners and Cairn’s growing educators.
Participants are organized into five levels of instruction ranging from Level 1 (little to no English) to Level 5 (Advanced English). The levels ensure that language learners receive beneficial instruction no matter how much English they currently speak.
The program draws in community members coming from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, creating a unique and engaging environment for all involved.
“It’s been a real blessing to see the program grow over the last few years, watching people from various cultures interact and develop friendships,” Marika explains. “There’s a real sense of community.” Through getting the word out, especially by word of mouth, participants have created an inclusive educational environment by inviting friends, families, and neighbors.
Though the program is typically held on campus, this year it will be available via Zoom on Wednesdays from 6:30–8:30 pm. Classes will run from September 9–December 2, and students can join at any time.
For more information or to sign up, visit cairn.edu/celp. If interested in volunteering to help with English instruction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.