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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 locations for RLE classes are 35th Ave & Dunlap and Osborn & Central. 

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