LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, 14.1% of Wake County residents spoke a language other than English at home. The Literacy Council developed the Life Skills Program understanding a need existed for a relaxed space in which advanced ESL students could practice conversational English. The program provides students with extensive conversation practice with native English-speaking conversation facilitators, and expert guest presenters – all in a small group setting. These classes are intended to help students become more conversant and confident when speaking and to supply them with information on subjects pertinent to successfully functioning in daily society.
While the program is offered, our classes focus on a different broad topic each month. Guest presenters – including county officials, university professors, and members of the financial community – have addressed topics as diverse as American culture, public safety, health and nutrition and financial literacy. Each class meets for two hours. During the first hour, students engage in conversation about the session’s topic. The guest presenter speaks during the second hour.
The objectives of the Life Skills are:
- To facilitate the mastery of necessary life skills through English conversation
- To increase conversation and thinking skills, as well as self-sufficiency and self-confidence
- To increase students’ knowledge of American history and government, and increase students’ civic participation in the community