Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children

by Virginia Tech Foundation
Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children
Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children
Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children
Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children


This project provides English as a Second Language classes designed for mothers with pre-school aged children.

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Women on refugee status typically have less education and lower language proficiency than men. They also bear primary responsibility for care of the household and children. Consequently, it is more difficult for women with small children to access ESL classes that provide child care. Eventually, as their husbands and children gain language proficiency, women become increasingly isolated and lose authority within the home.


A family literacy approach to ESL provides women with accessible language programming as well as structured care for their children. Further, family literacy provides women with skills and modeling to become educators of their children.

Long-Term Impact

We will provide two classes a week for 24 women and their pre-school aged children. Anticipated long-term effects include increased attendance in ESL classes, improved language proficiency, and adoption of literacy practices in the home.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Organization Information

Virginia Tech Foundation

Location: Blacksburg, VA - USA
Virginia Tech Foundation
Michele James-Deramo
Project Leader:
Michele James-Deramo
Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, VA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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