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Refugees Learn English

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Annan


Refugees Learn English

Newly arrived refugees have many needs. One of the greatest is the ability to communicate in English. Some need to speak and write it as soon as possible in order to find jobs. Others need to understand it to acclimate to American culture. Many will need comprehensive English skills to become citizens.

Since every refugee comes with individualized needs and aspirations, Abounding Service has developed an individualized program to teach refugees how to use English for their own needs and goals. Refugees Learn English (RLE) encourages refugees to begin studying at their own skill levels and advance according to their own abilities.

RLE uses individualized, computer-based programs from Rosetta Stone, Project Light, and other resources. It also uses printed materials originally designed by Frank Laubach, and activities created by RLE volunteers.

Abounding Service arranges a personal Encourager (tutor) for each student. Encouragers provide personal relationships, accountability, and assistance.

Adult students attend RLE classes at least twice a week for two hours per class. There are 15 classes per Unit of Study. Each student deposits $20.00 for a Unit of Study. A full refund is given for perfect attendance or one unexcused absence, half for two absences, and none for three or more absences.

Since refugees are usually first resettled in the “Corridor,” generally an area of one to two miles on either side of I-17, from Thomas to Dunlap, our main location for RLE classes is:

35th Ave & Dunlap Ave in Phoenix, AZ
Mondays, Thursdays 9:00-11:00am; 11:00am-1:00pm;  6:00-8:00pm
Tuesdays, Saturdays 9:00-11:00am; 11:00am-1:00pm

Volunteer Encouragers are needed for every class. When there are sufficient Encouragers for these classes, more locations and classes will be added. The need is great!

Become a Volunteer

Transform a student’s life and your own as you get to know and enrich each other!

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We would love to answer any questions and provide coaching for all our Encouragers. So come by and check us out!

 Blueprint for Refugees Learn English

Would you like to create your own Refugees Learn English program? Download our Blueprint!