Bridges ESL


Our Mission:

Bridges ESL provides free English language lessons to individuals in the Yale and New Haven community who want or need to improve their communication skills and bridge their language gap. These individuals will acquire the English skills needed to be effective in the family, the workplace, and the community — building bridges for their own future.

Millions of immigrants arrive in the United States lacking fluent English language skills. They need English proficiency to pursue employment, obtain a higher education, obtain citizenship, and/or to interact with others in their daily lives. Bridges ESL helps its students to develop confidence in carrying out interactions in English and provides them with tools that will help them become more involved in their new home in this country.

Our Activities:

Free English Language Tutoring with Bridges ESL
Direct Service
Yale students involved in Bridges ESL meet once a week to tutor English as a second language to adults in the greater New Haven area and abroad. Through a combination of in-person and remote classes, we are expanding lessons to students living in other states and other countries. With eight lessons per semester, tutors create lesson plans tailored to their students' interests, whether that be conversation, grammar, reading, writing, etc. A certificate of completion is emailed to students at the end of the semester.

Student Leaders:

Gina Coque Alarcon - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Isabelle Stemerman - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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