English As a Second Language

ESL Classes 

Our classes serve as a space to empower and assist refugees in becoming more self-sufficient.

We work with refugees who come from many diverse backgrounds, experiences, languages and cultures. All of the refugees have different education experiences and our classes are designed to work with all student levels.

We use a problem-based approach to curricula and lesson plan design, meaning that we find out what the students want to learn, the current needs in the refugee community and design lessons based on their needs. 

Our classes are based on the following objectives:

  • Language acquisition
  • Assisting in the acculturation process through introducing material that is based on real life-skills in the United States
  • Teachers as cultural brokers, advocates, and friends
  • Cultural exchange
  • Bridging our classes to Iskashitaa programs and events and to the Tucson community

Because of the time necessary in locating students, forming relationships and starting a class, we ask that all lead teachers be willing to commit to at least six months or more of English teaching. Assistant teachers are welcome to volunteer for shorter periods. If you are interested in volunteering as an English teacher with refugees, please Contact Us.

Action-Based Learning

Refugees and volunteers interact within our Harvesting Program and Food Preservation workshops to facilitate a hands-on ESL experience. Through this approach, we take learning out of the classroom and use an Iskashitaa food and conversation skill-based ESL curriculum for a program that will help refugees acquire English and increase self-sufficiency.

Partnering with U of A

University of Arizona students are also teaching refugees. The Honors Civic Engagement Team (HCET), a partnership of the U of A Honors College and Iskashitaa, have also taught English to refugees in the Tucson community!

Ready to Teach English?

Although all of our programs teach English, these events are specifically designed to teach beginning English. Sign up to attend our next Refugee 101 Information Night by clicking "register" below, and we can get you helping in the program that fits you!
Catalina United Methodist Church (map)
Refugee 101 Info Night - Thurs, Mar. 12th, 6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 27...