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From this “ESL Central” blog page, you can link to our other ESL blogs:  English LanguageCivics, Culture, & CommunityJob Skills & Opportunities, and Citizenship preparation classes.  The Teacher Resources blog includes our ESL curriculum, lesson plans, and other useful links for instructors.

At the top of this page, you’ll find information on our ESL classes, ESL sites (locations & registration dates), ESL Student Resources, and Computers and Technology. Other classes for ESL students, such as Citizenship, Career-Focused, and Beyond the Basics (“advanced ESL”) are listed on the right under ESL classes.  We hope you find these pages useful. Please leave your comments at the bottom of any post.

Family Strengthening Class

Families often struggle with finances and it can lead to conflict and stress. Not everyone knows how to budget and other basic money skills. It’s especially hard if you’ve recently come to this country and are not familiar with its financial norms. 

The U.S Committee For Refugees and Immigrants offer very useful 8 hour workshops designed to give you skills to improve your family relationships and your financial skills. There are classes meeting on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:45pm at 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 

Please contact for Ruth Mufandaedza at (919) 334-0072 ext 4037 for details on registering for the next available opening. 

Please look at the following flyer and the   Family Strengthening Brochure for additional information.

TEST of Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, October 3rd

Be ready and don’t worry if you get an alert on your cell phone tomorrow, October 3rd,  between 2:18pm and 2:20pm.  It’s a test.

  •  Phones across the country will all  receive an emergency alert test between approximately 2:18 and 2:20 pm EST.
  • This is the first-ever test of the country’s emergency communications system with a presidential alert.
  • It will be the same tone and vibration as tornado and AMBER Alert warnings. Users cannot opt out .
  • It should have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.

The system was set up in 2006 and is intended to notify the public of hazardous situations. While the Emergency Alert System has been tested before, the Wednesday test will be the first time the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert system will be tested. This system is used to notify the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other regionally critical situations through alerts on cellular phones. Cell phones turned on and within range of an active cell tower are expected to receive the message. Some older phones may not get the message.

Missed National Voter Registration Day?? More Registration Options

September 25th was National Voter Registration Day . Volunteers across the nation hit the street to register lots of potential voters.  However, if you missed it, there’s still time and other ways to register to vote. 

Are you eligible to vote in NC?  To register in North Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of North Carolina and the county in which you live for at least 30 days prior to the election
  • be 18 years of age by the day of the next general election
  • have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state

Did you know… …

By-mail Voter Registration

  • Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form. Page 3 is the form Page 15 is the mailing address
  • Box 6 – ID Number: Provide your North Carolina driver’s license number, or North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID number. If you do not have a driver’s license, then list the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Box 7 – Choice of Party: North Carolina does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. If you do not affiliate with a party you may choose the party primary you wish to vote in. If you choose to register with a party you can only vote in that party’s primary.
  • Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: You are required by the Federal Voting Rights Act to fill in this box. However, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
  • Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  • Sign the form.
  • Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Friday, October 12.