Where are internationals seen in Rockingham County? At the grocery store? Department stores? Doctor's offices? At work?
If you have noticed more and more, you're right. There are many more internationals living in Rockingham County than just 10 years ago. Many of these individuals are anxious to learn to read, write and speak English. They need English to get jobs to support their families, drive automobiles, shop and other things.Realizing the growing need for English as a Second Language instruction, the Rockingham County Public Library's Literacy Program has hired Hermine Powell as ESL coordinator.
Powell, a native of Reidsville, became aware of the needs of internationals through the Thompsonville Baptist Church's ministry to migrant workers. To learn more about teaching internationals, she became certified in ``Teaching Language Techniques' at Stamford University in Birmingham, Ala.
She also is certified by the Southern Baptist Convention as a literacy missions associate with the North American Missions Board.
The Rockingham County Public Library's Literacy Program is offering help to internationals by providing small-group or one-on-one tutoring. To do this, volunteers are needed to assist in classes or by taking a student.
A 12-hour ESL tutor training class begins Feb. 17 at the Eden Library; Powell and I will lead the class. Volunteers will learn how to teach English conversation, reading and writing.