Chinatown ESL

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Chinatown ESL is a public service program under the Chinatown Committee of Harvard's undergraduate service organization, the . It is an English-as-a-Second-Language program serving the Chinese immigrant population of Greater Boston. The students range from newly immigrated working adults to senior citizens. The curriculum is divided among the most basic to highly proficient into five levels with two tutors teaching a class of five to fifteen students. Classes are held Saturday and Sunday for two hours, from 11AM to 1PM in classrooms on Harvard's campus.

Level 1

The goal of Level 1 is to teach the fundamentals of English. The curriculum begins with instruction of the English alphabet along with rigorous lessons of phonetics. Students begin to learn the simple vocabulary for very practical thematic applications. These themes are present throughout all levels of the curriculum. Level 1 is taught in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Level 2

The goal of Level 2 is to continue to build the confidence of the student in their English abilities. Basic grammar, including sentence construction as well as simple present tenses, is covered, along with practical vocabulary. Listening skills are sharpened with dialogs. Level 2 is taught mostly in Chinese.

Level 3

Level 3 is taught half in Chinese and half in English. The goal of this level is to instruct the past and future tense and continuation of sentence construction. The same practical thematic lessons are presented, but...
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