The Ross Community Center is once again offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to speakers of other languages in the Muncie community who are interested in learning English. The classes are a wonderful opportunity to improve English grammar, writing, conversation, and reading skills.

These classes are a collaborative project between the Intensive English Institute at Ball State University and Ross Community Center. This collaboration began in Fall 2019; while the program was paused during the pandemic, those involved are delighted that it has resumed and is going strong.

ESL classes for the Fall session started on Oct. 5, 2021, and will run through Dec. 17, 2021. A Spring 2022 session will also be offered. The classes are taught by faculty from the Intensive English Institute and are held at the Ross Community Center.

The Ross Community Center is still accepting registrations for the Fall ESL class session. To register, call Ross Community Center at 765-747-4741, or drop by the Center at 1110 W. 10th St. Students will be required to wear masks, and enrollment is limited to eight students per session. Childcare is provided for participants’ children.

Reading and grammar classes are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m., and conversational English classes are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. The classes focus on supporting speakers of other languages who are learning English to engage in community life here more fully. This includes enhancing social interactions and community themes that are essential to everyday life, including how to use transportation; how to engage in your daily work, on your career path, and with your children’s school; going to the post office; doing your banking; and using the library. 

For more information and for flyers translated into Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish, visit the Ross Community Center website and Ross Community Center Facebook page.