Centro Guadalupano

At the heart of ministry is relationship


Centro's largest and longest standing educational service, the English as a Second Language program serves about 200 adult immigrants with more than 5,000 hours of total instruction in a typical year. Utilizing a custom-designed, content-based curriculum, the program teaches English grammar and syntax through everyday experiences like purchasing groceries or using public transportation. The program offers four separate levels of instruction, including a unique pre-literate level for students not literate in their native languages.

Volunteer Driven
The ESL program uses a staff of skilled volunteer instructors to maximize efficiency without sacrificing quality. Trained by our partner, the Minnesota Literacy Council, these instructors consistently exceed expectations with their performance and their dedication. In a given year, more than 50 such volunteer instructors serve our students.

Open Door Policy
In line with Centro's mission to serve the community as fully as possible, our ESL program observes no deadlines for registration. Prospective students may register during any regular class period, year-round, and begin learning on the same day. Additionally, no attendance requirements apply. Classes are offered four mornings per week, Monday through Thursday. Complete ESL class schedule...

ESL Computer Lab

Results Oriented
For four consecutive years, the program's core classes have exceeded government mandates. The program's successes in performance speak to the quality of its approach in maximizing access and efficiency. While no one type of adult ESL program works for every type of student, we feel strongly that Centro's model holds great potential for meeting increased demand and addressing decreased resources in the future.

ESL Staff

Volunteer Coordinator:

Meredith Rodriguez

612-724-3651 x207


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