What is it?
The Rockwood English Language Institute (RELI) offers high quality, affordable and accessible English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults from the refugee and immigrant population. Group classes are offered for learners ranging from pre-literacy to advanced-intermediate, and cover all four of the basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. These classes are delivered in both the mornings and the evenings in local public schools that serve Rockwood residents. In addition to the formal ESL classes, we also offer informal ESL help for adults in community rooms in the local apartment complexes where many of the adult learners live.
RELI courses are six weeks long, with two classes per week. Each class is two hours long. Tuition is $35.00 per course. Here is the class schedule:
|Start Date||End Date||Day & Time||Location||Note|
|April 2017||May 2017||Tues & Thurs 9:30-11:30am
|Alder Elementary School (check in school office)
173rd and Alder
|Class: Waiting List
Drop In: OPEN
Why are we offering RELI?
Specifically designated federal government support for refugees ends after the refugee’s first eight months of living in America. When month nine arrives, the idea is that refugees will have acquired the necessary skills, and the ability to navigate and access available resources needed to successfully transition from being fully dependent on government services, into self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Unfortunately, month nine is all too often the time when many refugees struggle, or fail to successfully make this transition. Instead of finding themselves on a healthy and prosperous pathway towards self-sufficiency, they find themselves utterly ill prepared for life in America, effectively being forced to become entirely dependent on ongoing government support.
The Month 9 Pathways for Refugees Program is a collection of services and resources available to refugees which will help make it possible for them to make the transition from being dependent on government services, into self-sufficient, contributing citizens.