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West Hartford’s Adult Education ESL Family Literacy Class Bakes All-American Dessert

Participants in West Hartford's Family Literacy ESL class bake apple pie. Courtesy photo

The Town of West Hartford’s English as a Second Language class learned how to bake recently, and made apple pie.

Participants in West Hartford’s Family Literacy ESL class bake apple pie. Courtesy photo


Parents and children in West Hartford’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Family Literacy class teamed up to bake apple pie recently – no easy matter when you’re just learning English.

Dawn Hambrecht, their teacher, explained,“First I had to teach them what all of the ingredients are in English and how to shop for them. Next I had to teach measurements. Then, I had to teach them how to read and follow the apple pie recipe instructions before they could assemble and bake the pies.”

Together with their children, they gathered in the Bridge Center’s kitchen and together put their new language skills to use. Voila! Delicious pies and smiles of pride.

Students in the town’s Adult ESL Program come from countries all over the world including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Columbia, El Salvador, Taiwan, Tibet, and Ukraine. They live in West Hartford and attend classes to learn English.

The Bridge Center, Charter Oak International Academy and Adult ESL Program partner together to provide English instruction and family support services to help residents adjust to their new community.

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