Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shrewsbury Library receives grant for English learning program

This library has a Conversation Circle program; adult English learners meet and practice speaking to other immigrants, learning about all cultures and making friends.    - - Donna Poisl

Posted by Community Advocate Staff

 Shrewsbury – The New Year began with great news for the Shrewsbury Public Library, as it procured a $4,000 discretionary grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) for the English Conversation Circle program. This is the fourth year the library has been offering the program and the second year in a row that the library has been the recipient of a GWCF grant. The grant will help continue the popular program through 2014.

The free English Conversation Circle program is for adult learners who wish to practice speaking English in an encouraging environment. There are four sessions a week – two for beginners and two for intermediate learners – facilitated by experienced and dedicated teachers.

The Conversation Circle is a forum for new immigrants to meet people, make friends, learn about American culture, and share stories about their own culture. Participating in the Conversation Circle helps them acclimate to American society; gain confidence to go to school and pursue formal training; seek employment; and become productive members of the community.

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