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Ardmore church offers English lessons

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St. Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore. (KTEN) St. Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- St. Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore is hosting English classes for area residents. The lessons are designed beginners to more advanced students.

Charlotte Miller said the courses help people in every aspect.

"It gives it an infusion of English where they're learning the grammar as well as how to -- you know -- speak the language," she said.

Students learn the basics of English, but the class offers more than that. Miller said the lessons learned go far beyond the classroom.

"It helps prepare them so they can start taking their GED classes," she said. "Not only that but it helps prepare them with citizenship."

Miller is one of the administrators of the program at St. Mary, and even teaches a little bit. But she said this operation is a total team effort.

"We ask for volunteers through the parish to come and help us with tutoring and teaching," she said. "We've had some fine teachers in the past."

And with great teachers come great students. Miller said one girl who spoke Portuguese made easy work of her studies.

"She just flew right through the program. We were so proud of her," Miller said. "She was great, she really was."

Learning English is the emphasis with the classes, but Miller said she hopes the students take more with them when they leave.

"That friendship, that community where they're bridging the language," she said.

The St. Mary Catholic Church English Language Learners program is held weekly on Saturdays, and classes are offered all year long.  

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