Roseland English for Adult Learners


Roseland English for Adult Learners (R.E.A.L) has been offering ESL classes to the community free of charge since April, 2008. Our program operates year round. We have had students from Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, China, and Jordan.  

This multi-cultural mix has enriched all of the students’ lives as they expand their awareness of other cultures and customs.We hold our classes at Sheppard Elementary School and Roseland Accelerated Middle School, thanks to the generosity of the Roseland School District. Currently we have 3 levels of ESL classes. These are taught by 6 TESOL certified teachers, of of whom volunteer their time to teach our students. 

Since our inception we have served over 300 adult students. Our classes are held for two hours a night, twice a week. It is very inspiring to see our students blossom in their self-confidence and watch them overcome their shyness as they acquire more English language skills. 

Another positive outcome is the camaraderie that takes place in the classroom and the friendships which form as a result of being vulnerable together as they share in their successes and challenges with English. Sometimes our adult students bring their children to class. The children are incorporated into the lessons, as they are English speakers. They get to shine, and be the stars, and help their parents with their classwork.  This helps deepen the family bond.