What is it?
We will have live online weekly lessons for learners of English. Each class will have a limited number of students and will be led by David Giles. The classes will be recorded in case you miss one.
We will not be issuing grades or certificates for participating.
Who is it for?
Families learning English as a second/foreign language. Classes will be taught in English. It would be good if someone in the family attending class knew enough English to understand class directions. We’re expecting all ages to join in class together, from preschoolers through adult. You only pay one price for the entire family.
When will classes be?
The first English as a Second Language class will start on Monday, September 10th.
Class will meet most Mondays from September through May.
The class will be held Mondays at 12:30 PM EST. Classes will be 50 minutes to an hour long.
Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 19, 26; December 3, 10; January 7, 14, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 Class may continue in the summer. We’ll see!
We’re hoping to get 30 students into the class. If the class fills, in January more classes will likely be opened for other students to join in.
How will it work?
We’re expecting homeschool families to join in together. The idea for classes now is to use online books to practice listening and reading. Questions will practice comprehension. You’ll practice saying things to each other in your home. Assignments will be given to practice grammar and vocabulary. We’ll be posting pictures and videos on a facebook group to share assignments.
What do I need?
You don’t even need a computer to join in. The classes are taught on Zoom. You’ll need to download the free app onto your phone, tablet, or computer, or even as a browser extension. (Here’s the Kindle version.) The app will enable you to participate in the class instead of just watching it.
We probably won’t be using video in the class, but you’ll need a microphone. Computers, tablets, and phones come with a built-in microphone, but you’ll want to make sure yours works.
You’ll also need earbuds or earphones so that when you come on the microphone we won’t hear an echo.
The cost will be $90 a year ($10 a month). That’s $3 a class.
You can pay in full or $10 a month starting at the time you register. Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal.
Registration will be opened in June. You will pay and register once for your entire family.
If you withdraw by September 1st, you pay $10. (Basically, $10 is non-refundable when you register.)
Classes start in September. If you withdraw in September, you would be responsible for the $10 registration and $10 for the first month, even if you didn’t attend all the classes.
Basically, you will be refunded everything apart from the $10 non-refundable registration cost and $10 for each month of class. Another example, if you withdrew during your third month, you would be responsible for $40, and anything else you had paid would be refunded you.
David Giles is husband of Lee Giles, creator of Easy Peasy. He’s the father of six homeschooled kids. He is a polyglot with a gift for languages and accents. He has taught French, Russian, and German, as well as English as a foreign language. He’s taught online as well as in classrooms. His bachelor’s degree is in Russian and linguistics. He’ll be finishing his master’s degree this fall in teaching English as a second language. He’s pretty fluent in Macedonian, Turkish, and Romani (Gypsy). He dabbles in some others. He is new to Spanish. He wouldn’t be actually teaching the Spanish lessons. Students would still be learning from the daily lessons on the site. He would just be guiding a weekly time of practice to help get the kids speaking out loud, to get them doing dialogues together and such. He’s a very fun and engaging teacher.