Upstate Familyt Resource Center


English for Speakers of Other Languages

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at UFRC offers a four day, three hour class with group and individual instruction by a certified teacher and volunteers in speaking, reading, and writing English (including grammar) for speakers of other languages.

ESOL helps students to:

  • prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test
  • prepare to qualify to enter GED classes or college
  • improve their employment opportunities
  • improve communication with medical professionals
  • learn to better understand their children’s teachers

All students under 18 years of age must have a school release form.


1. FAQ's
Why work with families?
  • Precursors of juvenile crime, truancy, and behavior problems related to family factors include poor parental monitoring, absence of effective parenting skills, high frequency of family transitions including father absence, a history of criminality in the family, and lack of parental involvement and appreciation for education and school failure.
Why a multiple family group model?
  • Traditional methods of rehabilitation have not been shown to be effective in preventing recidivism.
  • Group processes are effective in reaching families who distrust professional systems.
  • Family group interventions can change behaviors within the family that may contribute to juvenile delinquency.
  • Power of the group provides validation and hope.

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