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Won Community Service Center

Adults' and Children's ESL
Glenside, Pennsylvania USA



School Introduction

WCSC is a nonreligious 501(c) 3 organization located on the corners of Abington Road and Parkdale Avenue in the town of Glenside, PA, near the borders of Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, within walking distance of the local Glenside train station and SEPTA 22 bus routes. The mission of the Won Community Service Center is to nurture and empower those who are impoverished. WCSC serves low income families and minorities in three areas: education, counseling and social work in partnership with community and school. Volunteers work with WCSC to fulfill community needs. WCSC programs are funded through the PA Department of Education and through corporate and private foundations.

The Won Community Service Center (WCSC) is one of many charitable organizations affiliated with the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia. The Temple has been involved in non-denominational and non-sectarian charitable projects since its founding in 1987. The Won Buddhist Temple set up a separate charitable organization, WCSC, in 1997. The mission of WCSC is to nurture and empower low-income families and under-represented minorities through three areas of service: education, counseling, and social work. The Won Kwang ESL Adult Program was established in 1995 and it is funded by the Adult Basic Education and Literacy Education Bureau of the Federal Government and local donations. The Children's ESL Program was started in 1999. These programs are funded by government grants, community donations and private sector organizations, such as the Philadelphia Foundation and other private foundations.

ESL Program Introduction

The free Adult ESL program provides survival English skills to adults in the immigrant community and is funded by the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Bureau of the Federal Government and through local foundations and donations. Students can choose from three or four classes, Basic Classes I and or II, Intermediate Class and Advanced Classes. Classes hold between ten and twenty students and conversation, life skills and improvement of pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking, comprehension are all included in lesson plans. Classes are all held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm from early September to mid-June of each year for 152 hours of instruction per year. A separate daytime advanced English literacy and civics class is help on Thursdays from 1 to 5 pm. Enrollment is open entry and open exit throughout the year.

A free children’s class is held in an adjacent room at the same time as the adult classes so that adult students can study while our tutors and teachers help their children (ages 5 - 15 years) with their homework or with reading and writing skills. Younger children learn social skills (sharing, waiting for their turn, manners, helping others) during class. Children also complete art projects and workbook assignments which they can take home after completion. The children's class is held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm from early September to mid-June of each year for 152 hours of instruction per year. Enrollment is open entry and open exit during the year.

Background Data

Schedule & Fees

Spring 2011: January 20, 2010 - June 16, 2011 (26 weeks)
Fall 2011: September 7, 2011 - December 14, 2011 (12 weeks)

Classes are free after a $25 registration fee for each semester (spring or fall) and $25 for books. Fee waived for low-income students.

No housing.

Special Courses & Features

Contact Info

Adults' and Children's ESL
Won Community Service Center
423 Abington Ave.
P.O. Box 486
Glenside, PA 19038