DC JwJ Launches ESL Classes for Day Laborers

rnrnDay laborers are now able to communicate more effectively with employers thanks to the help of volunteers at DC Jobs with Justice (DC JwJ), which is seeking more volunteers. “I’ve found volunteering as an English teacher to be particularly rewarding,” says DC JwJ volunteer James Ploeser. “You’re not just teaching language skills – you’re working with day laborers to help them assert their basic rights, and accompanying them as they fight to have those rights respected.” rnrnDC JwJ provides informal English classes weekly to day laborers at the Rhode Island Avenue Home Depot parking lot. The classes teach basic conversational phrases and help to expand workers vocabularies – familiarizing them with the names of tools and construction skills. The classes begin with basic phrases and help workers to understand and express their rights at work in English. Classes are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, starting at 8:30A. Click here to volunteer, or contact Melody Musser at Mmusser@dclabor.org or 202.974.8224 for more information.

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