English Language Learning (ELL)

Hi all!

In addition to being our Director of Family Ministries, I also run our ELL program here at North Liberty United Methodist Church, where we offer English classes for French and Spanish Speakers. This year we have 25 people in our adult classes, and 20 children each week. We offer tutoring and homework help for the school age children, who often fall behind in school due to the the language barrier. We also have at least 10 children in our nursery rooms each week.

We are seeking your help as volunteers for this Spring.

We are in special need of:

Tutors for children.  We have a growing program for elementary-aged children that focuses on reading and homework help.  Our lead teacher will plan the activities and materials; all you have to do is come willing to help!

Nursery Workers: We have several young children who need someone to care and play with them while their parents are in the English classes. We have two nursery rooms: infant/toddler and preschool age.

Drivers: We are looking for adults who are capable of driving our church 15 passenger van to pick up ELL families in the North Liberty area. This is a 30 minute route. Volunteers can choose to drive the early shift (5:45-615pm) or late (8-8:30pm) or both.

The classes this year will be on Monday nights on January 25- April 18.  Class will be from 6:30p to 8:00p.

Service hours can be given.


I have created a Sign up Genius for you to sign up with. Our program is not possible without volunteers, and we hope that you prayerfully consider joining us for at least one night this Spring.

Yours In Christ,
Beth Botsford
Director of Family Ministries
Phone 626-2762
Email nlmfamilies@gmail.com

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English Language Learner Classes Starting

The ELL Fall program starts Monday September 28, 2015.

The fall program will meet on Monday nights, September 28 through December 7, from 6:30—8:00 pm.

This program requires many volunteers.  We are still in need of volunteers to provide childcare for children ages 5 and under.

Beth Botsford is the new director of this program.  We are excited to have her join our program. Contact Beth at 626-2762 or email her at youthdir@southslope.net.

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Helping Neighbors Learn

The First United Methodist Church in North Liberty offers an English Language Learners class (E.L.L. class).  We are in need of many volunteers for the upcoming fall session. No foreign language skills are needed.

ID-100213879Classes are on Monday nights from September 21 to December 7. Class times are 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Are you able to help or know someone who might be interested?  Contact Beth Botsford at 319-626-2762 or  youthdir@southslope.net

Lead teachers are in place for the two adult classes. The support people needed include:

ID-100172533Co-teachers: Co-teachers are responsible for teaching should a lead teacher be unable to teach.  Larger class groups require several co-teachers ton work with students in small groups. Classes have a set curriculum and are taught in English. No foreign language skills are needed.


Six mentors: Mentors are needed to interact with and assist students with class exercises. Understanding Spanish or French is a plus but not required. Classes function entirely in English.

Twelve tutors for children: The growing program for elementary-aged children focuses on reading and homework assistance. Lead teachers will plan activities and provide needed materials.  No foreign language skills are needed.


Two snack people: Healthy snacks will be offered prior to class. Snacks should include, fruit, veggies with dip, cheese and crackers or other healthy choices. Snack people pick up the snacks, have them ready by 6:25 and cleanup after class begins.  Costs are reimbursed.

Two setup and two cleanup people: Volunteers will help prepare the rooms for class each Monday. Set-up is done between 6:00 and 6:25 pm. Cleanup is between 8:00  and 8:45 pm.  Some heavy lifting of tables and buckets is required.


Four drivers to pick up and four to take home: Transportation requests are received on a regular basis.  Drivers will take church vans to North Liberty/Coralville homes to pick students up between 6:00 and 6:15 pm in order to arrive at the church by 6:30pm. Transportation of students home after class will start at 8:00 pm.

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Spring Term English Classes and Children’s Program

Starting January 12

Please join me in giving special thanks to the many individuals who shared generously of their time and talent to make the fall term English classes and corollary children’s program such positive experiences for students, children, and colleagues alike.

Classes begin again on Monday, January 12th with students arriving at 6:20 pm, for the song and prayer and classes until 7:50 pm, for a short closing and then trip home at 8:00 pm.

*Please help me to spread the word to students and staff alike that classes begin again on this date and at this time.

If you know of anyone who would like to help with the ELL program and/or children’s program: as a teacher, assistant, tutor, clean up person, van driver, etc., please contact Beth Richter at brteacher@southslope.net or 319-471-8407.

*We’re hopeful that all involved last term will continue into the spring term!

As we enter this New Year, may our Lord – the Christ child – bless you and your families with a year of joy, health, and well-being in the New Year and beyond

Be the hands and feet (and tongues) of Christ

Our English class for Spanish speakers is three years old this fall, and we have a wonderful time teaching and learning from the students who come. Our fall classes will be on Monday nights, starting on September 10 from 6:30—8:00 pm. We have a few changes this year and need some additional help.

We especially need: Continue reading “Be the hands and feet (and tongues) of Christ”

Volunteers Needed for English Ministry

We are in need of volunteers to help serve the Spanish speakers in our community. “But I don’t speak Spanish,” you say. No Problem! Take a look at the positions below to find one that will help you serve your church and community! Continue reading “Volunteers Needed for English Ministry”

Volunteers Needed for English Ministry

We are in need of volunteers to help serve the Spanish speakers in our community. Take a look at the positions and find one that will help you serve your church and community!
Drivers—to help transport families who otherwise are unable to come to class.
Tutors—come help give some students a leg-up by providing tutoring for homework and literacy-based activities.
Teachers—conversational-level fluency to help lead the beginning English class.
If you are interested in any of these positions or would like more information, contact Anna Wu at 319-621-1849.