United Way seeking to support basic English classes for immigrants, teachers


United Way of Snohomish County is launching an initiative to support immigrants and refugees in the learning of survival English and basic cultural skills.

In recognition of the existing efforts—and to further gage the need—United Way is convening a community meeting for those providing, or considering, English Language Learner/English as a Second Language (ELL/ESL) classes. Organizations are invited to network with each other and professionals in the field of teaching and learn more about efforts and resources throughout the county.

The meeting will be held on Monday, April 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the United Way of Snohomish County offices (3120 McDougall Avenue, Everett). There is no cost, but please RSVP by Thursday, April 21 at (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C6VU5473D), or call Kelly Mazzola at (425) 374-5508 or [email protected]

The initiative addresses the county’s need for classes targeted at those who lack basic English language skills. It is intended to enhance and support the work being done by community colleges, churches, school groups and others serving this population. Thirteen percent of the people living in Snohomish County in 2005-2009 are foreign born; 45,000 report speaking English less than very well. English classes are the first step toward acculturation and economic success. It is essential for those seeking employment and for parents wanting a more active role in their children’s school life.

This work is being led by United Way’s Community Matters Vision Council, which works to ensure that all residents and communities are connected, engaged and supported.


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