St. Paul's ESL program began in 2014. It serves the internationals in the community who wish to learn English. There are two classes a week, one in the mornings and one in the evenings. The program is free, St. Paul's provides the books and tutorials.
Class location at Watertown Public Library
During each ESL class period we work on speaking and listening skills with a secondary focus on reading and writing. Becoming comfortable in the US culture, the Wisconsin environment, and Watertown as their home is also an important element of our curriculum. How to use the fine local library, what the holidays are about, and the importance of relationships with schools, employers, and living are essential subjects in class. Dealing with winter the first year is a must, too.
Sometimes we are honored with someone who is working towards citizenship so we cover the civics of our government both national and local. Bilingual/bicultural is always the goal. Cultures of origin are honored as are the American and local cultures.
St. Paul's is a church that pursues a strong mission of building relations with those whose lives touch ours. We intend to teach language skills and acculturate our learners so that they can live here peacefully.
Instructor: Georgia Irre
Our classes are taught by a qualified instructor of ESL and adult learning. Currently our coordinator and instructor is Ms. Georgia Irre M.S.. Ms. Irre has long experience as an ESL instructor, intercultural specialist, and Second Language Learner. As the instructor, I enjoy hearing about the backgrounds of my students while I teach the complicated spellings of English words and the tools to getting a job—or even the way to citizenship.