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Adult Education

English Language Learner (ELL) Classes

Each year the ELL (English Language Learner) program serves about 100 adults from diverse cultures and countries (e.g. Mexico, Ecuador, Somalia, Vietnam) with more than 5,000 hours of total instruction. Immigrants and refugees gain the skills and knowledge needed to live within a new culture and find sustainable employment. Our English Language Learning (ELL) program is the most open and accessible program in the neighborhood. It is structured to meet the needs of students at the most beginner level of learning and those who cannot meet attendance requirements of other area programs. Our program is enhanced by support from our partner, the Minnesota Literacy Council, in student evaluation and volunteer training. Utilizing a custom-designed, content-based curriculum, the program teaches English grammar and syntax through everyday experiences like purchasing groceries or using public transportation. The program offers four separate levels of instruction, including a unique pre-literate level for students not literate in their native languages.

Volunteer Driven

The ELL program uses a staff of skilled volunteer instructors to maximize efficiency without sacrificing quality. Trained by our partner, the Literacy Minnesota, these instructors consistently exceed expectations with their performance and their dedication. In a given year, more than 50 such volunteer instructors serve our students.

Open Door Policy

In line with Centro's mission to serve the community as fully as possible, our ELL program observes no deadlines for registration. Prospective students may register during any regular class period, year-round, and begin learning on the same day. Additionally, no attendance requirements apply. 

Classes are offered four mornings per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30-11:30 am.

Registration for classes is at 9 am, Monday-Thursday.

ELL Staff:

​​Literacy Coordinator:

Rebecca Welty


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