An Allentown business is virtually teaching people English virtually

Written by on June 24, 2020

An Allentown business is virtually teaching people English virtually

By Brittany Sweeney

June 24, 2020

Photo | Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many services to be offered virtually. As WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney reports in Allentown, this includes teaching people English. 

Moving to another place can be scary – especially when it’s to a new country where you don’t speak the language.

That was the situation for Gjeorgina Daoud and her family in 2013 when they moved from Lebanon to Allentown.

Two years later – inspired by how fast her children picked up english – the mother of six joined The Literacy Center in Allentown.

“When I first got here from Lebanon, my friend told me about it. I take English class at the Literacy Center. I am at level three now. I’m very happy. I speak better English,” said Daoud.

The non-profit on Hamilton Street offers help with basic reading skills as well as opportunities for work.

Incoming president of the board – Nichola Gutgold – says although the physical building may be closed, they are still out helping people – even highlighting their successes with a virtual graduation last week.

“We have ESL graduates. We have students graduating with their citizenship. We have students who completed the GED program. We also have the administrative professionals program who will be celebrating graduates from that program,” said Gutgold.

Daoud herself earned her citizenship with help from the Center. Their services are offered for free.

Brittany Sweeney WLVR News.


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