Free English classes in Somerton

Carlos Gonzalez is seen here teaching a free English class in Somerton last spring. The classes resume on Wednesday.

SOMERTON – Carlos Gonzalez is doubling down on the free English classes he began teaching in Somerton last spring on a trial basis.

Gonzalez, a Cibola High School teacher and pastor at Somerton Community Church, will again teach English as a second language beginning next week.

But this time he’ll teach two levels of classes – Level I for beginners and Level II for those who took the beginning class with him in the spring or who have previously studied the language.

Beginning this Wednesday, the classes will be taught every Wednesday over seven weeks at the Somerton Library, 240 Canal Street. The Level I class is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. and the Level II class from 6 to 7 p.m.

“We hope that people will take advantage of this program,” Gonzalez said. “The classes are very practical and are based heavily on conversation, so that (participants) learn the basics to be able to communicate in English in their family circles, in their work or anywhere.”

Gonzalez taught the spring classes in partnership with Somerton’s Parks and Recreation Department. Forty students completed that first round of classes, receiving certificates in a graduation ceremony held in May.

In a new collaboration with the Yuma County Library District, the Somerton Library is serving as the venue for the classes, while Somerton Community Church is providing notebooks, pencils and other classroom supplies for participants. As before, there will be no charge to take the classes.

Anyone interested in signing up for the either class can call (928) 323-1179 or (928) 627-2149, or show up for the initial sessions this Wednesday.

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