Our onsite programs are English, U.S. Citizenship & Civics, Bllingual Computer (Spanish/English), Oregon Driver License Exam Preparation, and Literacy & Adult Basic Education in Spanish. The focus is on teaching adult students essential literacy and communication skills. We offer seven 5-week sessions throughout the year. Onsite programs are open to adults over 18, although we will sometimes make exceptions for teenagers if an adult signs a release form.
Session schedule for 2019-2020: (download the Flyer)
- September 30 – November 2, 2019
- November 12 – December 14, 2019 (starts on Tuesday due to holiday)
- January 6 – February 8, 2020
- February 18 – March 21, 2020 (starts on Tuesday due to holiday)
- March 30 – May 2, 2020
- May 11– June 13, 2020
- July 13 – August 15, 2020
Classes meet at our downtown Springfield study center. The class schedule is designed to meet the needs of a diverse and mobile population. Open registration begins the week before each session.
“I like DTL because I am learning how to talk and write English more clearly. The teacher is very professional. I feel like I am learning how to speak in English.” — José from Mexico, ESL 2
Our English program focuses on teaching adult students essential communication skills for their daily lives. The program is designed to be practical and help adult immigrants of all nationalities adjust to living in the United States. The schedule and curriculum, which changes each session, allow students to enroll quickly and attend multiple sessions in each level of English before advancing to the next. We teach three levels of English ranging from beginning English literacy to an intermediate level of English conversation and grammar: ESL Readiness, ESL Level 1, ESL Level 2. Classes meet M/W/F, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Fee: $35.
U.S. Citizenship and Civics
Many immigrants are eligible to become citizens of the United States, and therefore, need to learn the history and civics of this country. Our convenient schedule and proven curriculum help prepare community members to successfully pass the citizenship exam. This class uses materials provided by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as other resources, to help students navigate current citizenship application and interview requirements. The course also covers the birth of our nation, the branches of government, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Class meets Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fee: $35.
Computers are an essential part of everyday life, but for many of our students they remain intimidating and inaccessible, especially when the programs and keyboards are in a language they are still working to acquire. Our bilingual computer classes are taught in Spanish and English, providing a comfortable way to begin learning English computer vocabulary, and to develop “hands-on” experience with the kinds of computers and software they will find in the workplace, or that their children use in school. Downtown Languages offers beginning and intermediate level computer classes that are designed for working adults who have little or no experience with computers. The outcomes of the class include:
- Basic keyboarding
- Using the Internet and e-mail
- Filling out job applications online
- Word processing to create flyers, calendars, and résumés
The practical nature of the class, along with the combined technology and language skills approach, makes it especially useful for adult learners. Class meets Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fee: $35.
Oregon Driver License Exam Prep Course
This class is designed to help immigrants and their family members better prepare to take their written Oregon driver license exam. The class is primarily taught in Spanish and English by a certified ESL instructor to meet the needs of all students.
Bring your Oregon driver manual in the language which you intend to take the exam and get help preparing with our dynamic instructor! Class meets Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Fee: $10.
Clase de Preparación para la Licencia de Conducir de Oregon
Esta clase está diseñada para ayudar a los inmigrantes y sus familiares a prepararse mejor para hacer su examen escrito de la licencia de conducir de Oregon.
Trae el manual del conductor de Oregon en el idioma que tomarás el examen y obten ayuda con nuestro instructor dinámico. La clase se reúne los martes, 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 mediodia. Tarifa: $10.
Literacy and Adult Basic Education
Many adults from Latin America now living in the United States began working at a very young age in their home countries. Unable to complete their basic education, they arrive with limited literacy in Spanish or in their indigenous language. Research shows that literacy in one’s primary language significantly improves the ability to acquire and master another language. Downtown Languages places great value on the development and preservation of our students’ primary language skills. We offer a holistic program that addresses the unique needs of these learners and gives them a pathway to further their education. Our literacy classes are taught by caring and patient professional language educators. Students improve their skills and gain the confidence they need to reach their personal, academic, and career goals. Classes are FREE! and include the following:
- Adult Basic Education in Spanish / Primaria y secundaria en español This course is designed for native Spanish speakers who have little or no primary education. Students develop reading, writing, basic math, and other fundamental learning skills in a supportive, engaging environment. Students quickly gain confidence and improve their skills sufficient to enter a program to earn their primary and secondary diplomas.
- Plaza Comunitaria Downtown Languages is the official Lane County site for the Plaza Comunitaria, an extension of the Mexican public education system that offers students the opportunity to obtain their official primary or secondary diploma through Internet-based study modules. Although the Plaza is set up as an independent-study program, Downtown Languages provides instructors to mentor students as they work their way through the program. Students develop traditional and computer literacy as they work at their own pace in Spanish to earn their Mexican diplomas. Students who earn a secondary diploma through the Plaza are well prepared to begin a GED program.
- GED Readiness This class helps native Spanish speakers refresh or acquire the math, reading, and writing skills needed to enroll in General Educational Development (GED) classes. The class is taught by a bilingual educator who provides individualized attention to the students.
These classes meet Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fee: FREE.