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Originally presented January 26, 2022

Getting started with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at your library does not have to be an intimidating commitment.

You may offer conversation group sessions with minimal investment of time and resources. Not only do these classes benefit the English language learning community, they also offer a window into the needs of this population. Beginning your journey with a conversation group will allow you to get to know your second language patrons.

As your English language program grows, you can offer other group classes and/or one-on-one lessons. However, it is not necessary to start with a complete range of offerings. In this webinar, Claudia Ratay shares her experience and insights into establishing a solid foundation for what can become a very successful ESL program.

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Click the link below to download the presentation slides:
Small-scale ESL Programs for Your Library

Click the link below to download the list of podcasts Claudia shares with students: 
ESL Podcasts

Click the link below to download the list of resources Claudia uses to teach: 
ESL Teaching Resources

Click the link below to download the transcript of the webinar chat: 
Chat Transcript

Claudia Ratay

Claudia Ratay has been a Library Associate for Pasco County (FL) Public Libraries at the South Holiday branch for over 3 years, where she is responsible for adult services including educational and social programming. She currently teaches a successful virtual English as a Second Language program for adults. Prior to joining the library system, Claudia worked as a corporate product development chemist as well as a public school teacher, adjunct professor, and ice skating coach. Her lifelong passion is languages. Claudia first discovered foreign language study in middle school and began her university career as a French major. Her current linguistic focus is learning Welsh, the heritage language of Wales. Claudia holds a doctoral degree in Polymer Science from Clemson University.

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