Since 1959, the volunteers of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program have been providing free English language tutoring in the Houghton and Hancock area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for international adults who wish to improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Along with our sister group, International Neighbors, we present cultural programs to welcome our international members to America. Besides both group and individual classes we organize activities such as berry picking, potlucks, picnics, cooking, and hikes in the lovely wilderness area of Michigan’s Copper Country. Our students, in turn, share their culture and talents with the community members. For instance, one of our ESL students conducts Chinese language lessons through our program. Others have offered cooking classes. If you are new to the area from another country, we invite you to become part of our community.
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