English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available at The Connection in Summit starting September 9. Beginner through advanced classes are offered Mondays: 9-11am and 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays: 10-12pm, Wednesdays: 9-11am, and Thursdays, 10-12pm.

English learners gain confidence from ESL classes. Participants are better able to help their children with homework, communicate with their teachers, connect with the community, and even go back to school. The Connection offers small, friendly classes and a supportive environment to help students achieve their goals.

Dedicated volunteers help participants improve their conversation skills, increase vocabulary, learn idioms and explore U.S. culture. 

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“These classes are about more than learning English, they are about creating a network of friends with similar experiences, and assimilating to a new culture while sharing their own with others,” says ESL volunteer, Julie Phipps. “I am so privileged to have the opportunity to be the one to help these wonderful people on this part of their journey and to learn about each of their unique backgrounds. It is so interesting and inspiring to work with people who have reinvented their lives entirely”.

The Summit Free Public Library has partnered with The Connection by offering their facilities and services to help educate and support the ESL students in the community. In addition to hosting some of The Connection’s ESL classes each week, the Summit Library has a large collection of books and compact disks for all library patrons learning English.  The library has many other services including computers for public use, WiFi, study rooms and more.

For more information about the ESL program or to become a volunteer, please contact Jane Walbridge at 908-273-4242 ext. 114 or jane.walbridge@theconnectiononline.org.

The Connection is a non-profit, human service organization committed to providing fitness, wellness and enrichment programs and activities to all women, men and children regardless of physical ability or economic circumstance. To find out more about our financial assistance program or how you can help us help others with a donation, visit TheConnectionOnline.org or stop by 79 Maple Street, Summit.