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Lyndale’s bustling ESL program is continuing to grow! After adding a morning class in April LNA's ESL program underwent another expansion in November, splitting its very full multi-level evening class at Zion Lutheran church into two groups. Students were very excited to be able to receive instruction targeted more closely to their individual progress. Our instructional staff is really pleased the program has grown to the point where we could hire another teacher in to offer leveled classes.
The program was fortunate to find a new instructor with a clear vision for its intermediate and advanced-level English learners in Alison Bey. ESL Coordinator Erica Fulton and Nicki Olaldeare continuing to team teach the beginning level class.
In Lyndale’s ESL program, students are goal centered. They come for specific reasons—to improve their work prospects, to connect with community, to help their family. The Lyndale ESL Program has also put goal setting front and center, and this month, we’re poised to reach a big one—the expansion of the program and addition of a third class, marking our first step toward leveled classes.
In late July, Lyndale ESL Program’s morning and evening classes enjoyed visits from Brooke Schablin, a Customer Advocate from Metro Transit. Many of our ESL students have taken public transportation at one time or another, to buy groceries, commute to work, or ride the light rail to the Mall of America. However, some others had never been inside a city bus before. Brooke’s visits provided new, practical information both to newbies and experienced riders about accessing and using transportation. She also provided each student with some exciting treats!
My favorite night in the year in our neighborhood happened last Tuesday, August 6th: National Night Out. In 2012 Minneapolis won the award for the highest number of National Night Out parties in the country! We don’t know how we compared nationally this year, but there were over 25 parties in Lyndale alone. Although we were interrupted by the tropical-style storm at 7:30, there was still enough time for some great stories around the event.
When I met with ESL volunteer Yusuf Moede during the morning class last week he had on a beautiful green, purple, and white batik shirt. Batik is a wax resist dying technique involving numerous dips in different color dyes until ultimately, the wax is melted off exposing a beautiful and multi-layered pattern. After talking with Yusuf for awhile, his batik shirt seemed to become a metaphor for the journey that brought him to the Lyndale ESL program.
On April 8 at 9:30 in the morning, something special is coming to Lyndale. Something that community members asked for, the Somali Women’s Leadership group gave voice to, volunteers supported, Wells Fargo Bank stepped up to host, and LNA initiated—a new morning ESL class. Building on the work of the flagship evening class, the Lyndale ESL program will begin offering English classes to adults in the neighborhood three mornings a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the community room of the Wells Fargo Bank, located at Nicollet and 31st.
Do you have a laptop that you don’t use anymore? Would you like to help local residents learn English and improve their computer skills? The Lyndale ESL program would like to put out a call for donations. We would very much like to bring technology to our classrooms and are in need of three or four laptops to use in our classes. If you have a laptop that you would like to donate, please contact Erica Fulton at Erica@lyndale.org or 612-824-9402 x13.
What we need are laptops that are:
- No more than three years old
- Windows based
- Able to run Windows 7
o 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
o 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
On Saturday, December 15, over 300 members and friends of the Lyndale Neighborhood attended a wonderful holiday celebration called La Posada at the Lyndale Elementary School.
Mientras se acerca La Posada, pienso atrás al evento el año pasado y cómo el espacio fue transformado por los hilos de papel picado, colgados del cielo. Nunca antes se veía el evento tan hermoso, ni como el comedor de la escuela. Me enterré después que este trabajo fue coordinado por una mujer: Pepina Jimenez del Programa de Mujeres en Liderazgo (WLP) que había organizado vecinos, familiares y amigos para crear esos adornos hermosos.
It’s a Tuesday night and three Blaisdell YMCA staff members are presenting to a group of community members crowded around a classroom table in the basement of the Y, only this presentation is a bit different. For instance, the standard, “Welcome to the YMCA,” is followed by “Bienvenidos a YMCA,” and “Ku: Soodhawow YMCA.”
This was the scene on February 21 when the Lyndale English as a Second Language (ESL) class visited their local YMCA. The Lyndale ESL class reflects the neighborhood’s diversity with the majority of students coming from the Latino and Somali communities. While a couple students were already YMCA members, others had little idea of what happened in the building just two blocks away from their English classroom.
About the Lyndale ESL Program
The Lyndale ESL program offers free English classes to adults.
- Classes are for all levels.
- Students can register in class on Mondays.
- Classes are free.
The class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from:
- 9:15 am - 11:45 pm at Wellsfargo, 3030 Nicollet Avenue - in the community room in the basement
- 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Zion Church, 128 West 33rd Street (33rd & Pillsbury)
- Childcare is offered during the evening class as space allows. (children must be at least 2 years old)
For more information contact Erica at 612.824.9402 x 13
Tuesday, December 1012:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10th, 12:00 noon, at Cause Spirits & Sound Bar
Tuesday, December 106:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00pm at 3200 Pleasant Ave
Saturday, December 144:00 pm to 7:30 pm
¡Ya viene lo mejor tiempo del año! Júntate con nosotros para el gran evento anual de La Posada donde habrá comida, Santa, aguinaldos, comunidad y más.
The most wonderful time of year is coming! Join us at our grand annual event, La Posada. There will be delicious food, Santa, gifts, community, and more!
Event Ambassadors/Embajador de evento:
It’s that time again! La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event. Tamales, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season. We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, children wrangling, and just general help with the merriment. Contact Aryca (firstname.lastname@example.org – 824-9402 ext. 26) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.