Building Skills Partnership

English as Second Language

The BSP’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at Union Halls in San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Orange County for janitors and other low-wage service workers. Classes are offered in three-month blocks, with periods of 24-30 hours of instruction offered by experienced teachers. Classes use a learner-centered curriculum for teaching Survival and Vocational English to students of all levels, and tutors support instruction in this multi-level setting. Participants in these classes learn to navigate community resources and to communicate with doctors, their children’s teachers, and in their broader communities. Through these ESL classes, the BSP is able to reach workers who do not have ADVANCE English and job skills classes available at their worksites, though some who participate in ADVANCE choose to supplement their instruction by also attending these Union Hall ESL courses.