Saturday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Access and Advocacy for All

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Thousands of adult immigrants and refugees in our communities face barriers to meeting their daily needs, supporting their children, and accomplishing their goals due to their limited English proficiency. Unfortunately, many of these students do not have access to ESL classes offered by traditional institutions such as universities and community colleges. Some students lack the financial resources necessary to pay institutional tuition and fees.  For others, work and family obligations or transportation challenges make it impossible to commit to a formal, semester-long course with attendance requirements. Finally, countless adult students lack the immigration documentation required by state-funded institutions or had to flee their home countries, leaving their education credentials behind.
Community volunteer organizations that offer free, community-based, open enrollment classes help these adults acquire the English language skills they need to advocate for themselves and their families and contribute to their communities. This presentation will examine the needs and strengths of this student population, the role of community volunteer organizations in the TESOL field, and constructive ways to advocate for all of our students this November.


Kate Van Roekel

Teacher Education & Training Coordinator, Literacy Connects
Kate Van Roekel is the Teacher Education and Training Coordinator for the English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) program of Tucson non-profit, Literacy Connects.  In this role, she trains and supports the volunteers who teach Literacy Connects’ free community-based ESL... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
RAP Center

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