When students register for ESL classes, they are given a written and oral English assessment to determine their class level. Project LEARN offers three ESL levels: ESL 1, ESL 2, and ESL 3.
ESL Level 1 covers the very basics of English such as the alphabet, how to fill out forms with your name and address, counting, basic vocabulary like clothing and food, and beginner English writing, reading, and speaking.
ESL Level 2 covers intermediate English writing and grammar. Students are prepared for more complex English situations such as purchasing items in a store, ordering food in a restaurant, and answering and asking questions. Students learn how to read more complicated texts in this class and understand documents such as schedules and invoices.
ESL Level 3 prepares students for higher goals such as obtaining their GED or even college. This class focuses heavily on current events. Students read news articles and discuss and write about them. Students learn how to write essays and how to use critical thinking skills to express themselves regarding interesting and complex topics. It is common for students that wish to push themselves and their English skills to take both ESL 2 to obtain English grammar skills and ESL 3 to obtain advanced reading and writing skills.
ESL Class Locations
- Employment and Training Center - 1 Social St, Woonsocket, RI
- Woonsocket Public Library – 303 Clinton St, Woonsocket, RI
- Cumberland Public Library – 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI
- Children’s Friend – 621 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI
Classes are a combination of online and face-to-face. Project LEARN online ESL classes meet two to three times a week depending on the level. We offer morning and afternoon ESL classes. Staff will tell you which class times and options are available for you after you register and take your initial assessment.
To register for any Project LEARN class, call 401-769-4200. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and whether you are interested in GED, NEDP, or ESL. A staff member will return your call and set up a registration appointment. Face-to-face GED, NEDP, and ESL classes are currently available at our Woonsocket and Cumberland locations. Our online classes are available to students across Rhode Island and neighboring states. Registration appointments are held at our Woonsocket location.
Lucas Pralle is the special programs instructor for Community Care Alliance and teaches the online ESL 1, ESL 2, and ESL 3 classes. He has a BS in English and is currently enrolled in URI’s Masters of Adult Education program. Lucas has taught English for the past several years in both the U.S. and China. Along with English classes. He is the coordinator for Community Care Alliance’s Project Opportunity program. Lucas is a Google Certified Educator 1 and has extensive knowledge and experience implementing technology in the classroom.