Lee Road Library launches ESL conversation club
John Piche, outreach librarian at the Lee Road Library, launched the ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Club in June. This drop-in program is designed to offer informal conversation practice to anyone looking to brush up on English listening and speaking skills. It takes place at the Lee Road Library on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.
Heights Libraries strives to create spaces and programs where all community members feel welcome and included. The ESL Conversation Club grew out of a desire for a place where community members could meet in a safe location to enjoy casual conversation and learn about other cultures in a supportive environment.
“The purpose of conversation club is provide an essential service beyond the classroom or formal tutoring,” said Piche. “It offers an informal and friendly social gathering-style meeting, and helps the library continue to promote cross-cultural understanding and expand our services to non-English language speakers.”
For more information about ESL Conversation Club, or volunteering as a native speaker or listener, visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-932-3600 and speak to John Piche.
Kara Whaley is the communications coordinator for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.