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ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada

Listing Last Update: November 19, 2018


702 Sean Dr.
Carson City, NV 89701

Primary Contact

Florence Phillips

(775) 888-2021

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Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for high school equivalency
  • English language
  • Math
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Information about the GED Test
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

We teach English language skills to non-English speaking people living in five counties in northern Nevada (Carson, Douglas, Washoe, Lyon, and Churchill). In addition to English as a second Language, we tutor GED preparation, advanced English conversation, computer and financial literacy, and U.S. citizenship study - all at no cost to the student. We started the program in 2004 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2008. We have helped over 5,000 adults and their families in finding jobs, advancing in employment, and integrating into their local communities. As their English progresses, students are now communicating with their children's teachers and medical personnel without interpreters. Over 300 of our students are now U.S. citizens, and we offer interest-free loans to cover the $725 application fee for those students who cannot otherwise afford to take the test.

Mission Statement

The ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada provides instruction at no cost to adult individuals who wish to learn or improve their English language abilities, GED preparation, citizenship study, or computing skills, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or physical disability. We empower people, especially those of low to moderate income, to become more productive members of their local communities by providing them with the language and cultural skills necessary for life in America. We envision a more productive, inclusive, and vibrant America, and we work to foster that vision every day, one student at a time.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day/ seven days a week

Cost info: All of our services are provided to the student for free.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Student Blanca won the Employee of the Month award at her work after improving her conversational English.

Student Rosie A. now reads stories to her children in English. Rosie also received a library card, visits the library regularly, and takes out DVDs for her pre-school aged son to watch.

Student Braulio F. is speaking so well that he was double promoted in school.

Student Elizabeth Valencia Y. received a promotion at work. In addition to our ESL class, she is now studying typing and attending our computer literacy class to further bolster her career skills.

Student Juan H's boss was so impressed with Juan's advances in English that he placed Juan in charge as temporary supervisor during the boss' week-long absence.

Student Maria G. can now speak to and understand store clerks. Moreover, she can speak to her children's teachers about their academic progress.

Tutor Cathleen M. asked her class "Do you like the program? If so, what do you like?" Student Maria responded: "I like this class because is important learning and speaking English in this country for a job". Student Esther said "I like this class because Cathleen shows concern to teach us well. This program is good because she is concerned we have our books, and the best thing is that I am learning. Thank you."

Tutor Leslie S: "While I tutor, I'm learning too! A student asked me why a cashier in a retail store is a cashier, yet a person who handles cash in a bank is a teller. In Spanish, the same word is used for both. I learned something new by looking up the etymology of 'teller'. I'm realizing more and more how difficult our language is. I thank the ESL program for this opportunity, finding out that I definitely am a student too."

Student Aurora F: "This program means a lot to me. It is giving me the opportunity to improve my English skills and also makes
me feel more confident when I talk. The key is my English tutor, Nanette. The program helps and works."

One of our adult learners told us that "Learning to speak, read and write and understand when others are speaking has changed everything in my life. It has made me feel like I'm somebody now. I'm more a part of things."

Students Martha and Pedro C. write: "Rosemarie Sherman has been an excellent teacher with lots of passion for her students. Rosemarie has taught us a lot and helped build more confidence in improving social skills. We have admired the form of teaching and practice we receive with her in class. We are grateful to her and the ESL In-Home Program for giving us this opportunity."

Student R.W. says "I am a single mother who dropped out of school in 8th grade and could not find a job because I have no high school diploma. I am now in an ESL In-Home GED class which will help me find a job."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Hispanic: 93.0%

Asian: 2.1%

American: 0.6%

African: 0.5%

Arabic: 0.6%

Filipino: 0.3%

Georgian: 0.2%

Russian: 0.2%

Unknown: 2.5%

Total: 100%

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