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ASSOCIATION OF POINCIANA VILLAGES
August 2018 Edition 2
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ince 2014, the Association of Poinciana Villages has been proud to offer
free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to those residents in
need of help re ning their English language skills.
The program was founded in March 2014 by APV General Manager
Mark Maldonado, Ana Downs and Ann Branford, a former teacher at
the United Nations International School in New York. Since then, the
ESL program, which is run by Solivita-Poinciana Volunteers United,
has served hundreds of Poinciana residents who have moved to
Central Florida from destinations across the globe.
“Part of our mission to make Poinciana one of the best places to live in
all of Central Florida is to make all of our residents, both longtime and
newcomers, feel welcome and included. It’s hard enough moving to a new
area, especially if you don’t have a full understanding of the language or
the culture,” said Maldonado. “We have received tremendous feedback
from those who have participated in the ESL program and hope it will
help Poinciana residents for many years to come.”
For those interested in participating in the program, this year’s classes will
focus on the beginner and intermediate levels. There are two upcoming
registration nights on Tuesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 23 at
the Anthony DePalma Building. Those who are interested are asked to
attend one of the registration events and ll out an application. Interested
students will also take a simple test to determine what class they will
need to be placed in. There is no cost for the classes, but students are
required to purchase the textbook, which costs $30 and includes all the
materials needed for the course. Classes will begin on September 11th
and are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. (space
depending).
Branford, who has run the program for the last four years and also now
serves as Curriculum Director, is also looking for additional volunteer
teachers. Those interested should be bilingual in English and Spanish or
English and Creole. Individuals with previous teaching experience are
preferred, but those without teaching experience are also encouraged to
apply. There are positions open for volunteer teaching assistants as well.
“In the last four years we have been able to serve about 400
students, and we look forward to helping many more this year,” said
Branford. “Our mission is to assist non-native English speakers who
live in Poinciana to become more proficient in their use of the English
language—that includes speaking , reading and writing.”
For more information on the program, email
or visit the Solivita-Poinciana Volunteers United Facebook page.
Registration Nights Approaching
for APV’s FREE ESL Courses
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