ESL/Citizenship Tutoring Program: An Opportunity for Dowling Students

Are you interested in helping our immigrant community integrate better into our communities?  Would you like to do some community service?  Dowling has the program for you.

First, you will attend a four hour training that includes sensitivity to immigrant issues, how to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and how to prepare people to take the US Citizenship Test.  The training will give you resources and access to resources for both curricula.  You will then be placed in one of the community agencies hosting our tutors based on your availability.  You will either be helping other community volunteers or working in tandem with one of ours.

A training session will be held at the Dowling College Oakdale campus on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6-10 pm in the Study in Fortunoff Hall, which is located behind the Ballroom.

The commitment is for a minimum of two hours per week for ten weeks during the semester.  We ordinarily observe Dowling holidays and vacations.

You must register with Maria Studer, who conducts the training, in order to attend. Her contact information is below.

Maria Studer: ( – Home: 516 579-8790, Cell: 516 840-5678) will be your contact person. Make sure to contact Maria to register for the training, to help you with resources and anything else that you might need.  If you need more detailed information, please contact her.

Note: You do not have to be an education major to participate. Our volunteers come from all different backgrounds and majors. You do not need to know any language other than English. If you are interested in social work, community service, sociology, anthropology, etc., this could be for you. English language learners are adults of all ages who want to learn English and to become American citizens. If you have any questions, please contact Maria or me.

Susanne Bleiberg Seperson, Ph.D.

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