Life at a new installation can be daunting, especially for those who are not fluent English speakers. Fortunately, Fayetteville Technical Community College offers free English as a Second Language classes on the installation for Soldiers and adult dependents.
“The classes are very helpful for the Soldiers who have already joined the U.S. military and need the class,” explained Peggy Atkinson, ESL instructor.
“The classes are (also) helpful for their spouses and dependents to adjust and live in the U.S.A. and this can give support to the Family, which is beneficial to the military.”
Atkinson said instructors also share information about Army Community Service and other benefits of the Fort Bragg community.
During the 90-day sessions, students learn reading comprehension, grammar, and how to improve their listening and speaking skills.
A typical lesson may include a discussion on antonyms and homonyms, oral activity, vocabulary practice and writing exercises.
Current students said they have benefited from the ESL class. Pfc. Nguyet Knul, 83rd Civil Affairs, said the biggest advantage for him is an increased confidence in his English skills.
ESL classes are offered year-round in Building 2-1728 on Armistead Street FTCC offers a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., so students can pick the class time that works best for their schedule.
Participants must be 18 years old and can register at the class site or at FTCC in Fayetteville.
Atkinson encourages participation for all those who are eligible.
“We love what we do and try to make the classes as helpful, fun and informative as possible,” she said.
“Students who come to our classes often find new friends, and usually discover they are not alone in their challenges of language and life!”
For more information about the classes, call 678-1095.