ESL & Life Skills
The RIC-AAU Offers English As a Second Language for Refugees and Immigrants
The mission of our program is to enable our students to become self-sufficient and reach their full potential as members of our community.
The ESL Program at the RIC-AAU is for adults of all nationalities and is unique in the Salt Lake County area. Students come to our program from different sources of referrals.
ESL at the RIC-AAU is part of a coalition of services. Our refugee clients have easy, on-site access to employment help up to five years. Refugees and other qualifying immigrants can receive assistance with WIC applications, H.E.A.T. applications, interpreting, mental health counseling, and family services.
REGISTRATION OPEN ALL YEAR LONG!
- DAY CLASSES
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday to Thursday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m (Computer Lab)
- EVENING CLASSES
Tuesday and Thursday 5 - 8 p.m.
- FREE or low-cost, full-time or part-time classes
- All sessions taught by state board-certified instructors
- Up to 23 hours per week
- Experienced instructors in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Teacher-led Computer Lab for keyboarding, easy grammar, and Internet lessons
- Class size limited to a maximum 20 students to promote a maximum learning environment
- Specializing in clear, repetitive, basic English communication skills
- Other areas supported by curriculum: job search, life skills
- Literacy to Intermediate level
- Trusted for 30 years by refugees, resettlement agencies, the Department of Workforce Services, and other service providers
- Supplement to local school district ESL programs
For people who are working or not able to attend daily classes, we offer:
- FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING
To come just one or two days a week, or switch from day to evening classes
- PERSONALWEEKLY LESSON APPOINTMENTS
For citizenship applicants to practice for the USCIS interview and exam
- CLASSES AT OTHER LOCATIONS OR WORKSITES
As they become available or upon the request of employers
Language Impact on Life Skills and Acculturation
Improving their English skills and knowledge of the U.S. culture will help refugees and other immigrants prepare to enter the job market, obtain a high school diploma or GED at a local program, become a U.S. citizen, enter college, and much more. It has been observed that progress in English skills and U.S. acculturation helps families progress and adjust to their lives in the U.S. Parents who achieve these goals soon see their influence in the lives and futures of their children.
We invite community volunteers to fill out an application for weekly opportunities to assist our instructors. Volunteers will be welcomed to assist us from one to five hours per week as desired.