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Fort Worth Public Library launches pilot ESL program

Fort Worth Public Library's Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch
Fort Worth Public Library
ESL classes are available for adult learners every Saturday morning at the Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch.

The Fort Worth Public Library is launching a new English as a Second Language program for adult learners.

The drop-in classes will take place on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch beginning on March 5.

English language learners can join the weekly program at any time and as often as they like.

Librarian Myriam Hernandez, who oversees the program, said the classes were designed to be flexible and supportive of adult learners’ needs.

“As adult learners, sometimes life happens. We have kids, we have families, we have jobs. So, we wanted to design a program that was going to be welcoming for everybody, wherever they are and no matter what [speaking] level they have,” Hernandez said.

For Hernandez, the new initiative has a special significance.

“I grew up in Mexico and moved to the United States, and one of the first places that opened the doors for me was the library,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said she hopes her students will find similar support in the library’s new initiative.

The program is free and open to all adult English learners, regardless of their proficiency level.

An online version of the class will also be offered on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. beginning on March 4.

The library plans to expand its in-person ESL offerings to additional branches this summer.

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