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Writing Opportunities. Reading Discoveries. (WORD)

WORD~ESL, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, provides English as a Second Language services to enable individuals to improve quality of life and become more active members of their community. Strengthening English language skills improves relationships and performance in home, school, and work environments.

WORD also offers Citizenship Classes in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The Saturday morning classes are available for anyone preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Class Location: GRCC Tassel M-Tec Center.  In order to be eligible, you must have a permanent residence card (green card) for five years, and be able to speak, read and write in Advance ESL level 3 (CASAS testing) and attend an orientation. Call (616) 454-4874 to inquire.



The WORD~ESL team of experienced tutors (Sisters, Associates and lay volunteers), provides students with a safe, welcoming environment to develop and improve basic English language skills. ESL enables adults who do not speak fluent English to become more fully engaged in all aspects of their lives.

  • Assistance developing and improving basic English Language skills. Teaching techniques emphasize speaking, listening, reading, and writing skill development.
  • Experience tutoring professionals, i.e., doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, accountants, and more.
  • Small group learning and computer assisted learning is also available.  
  • One-on-One tutoring classes are specific to each student needs.
  • Students attend one class each week.
  • Caring committed volunteer tutors


Class Times

Monday or Wednesday 10-10:30 am

Tuesday or Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm

If you wish to learn more about our  programs, please contact:
Sr. Carmen Rostar, OP; Adult ESL Program Director

Phone: (616) 454-4874    Email:  scresl@att.net

View a slideshow on the ESL Program here: WORD ESL PRESENTATION