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English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction at VACA

Welcome to VACA’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction program! For over three decades, VACA has been a cornerstone of the Vietnamese American community, providing high-quality ESL instruction to empower individuals with the language skills they need for success in academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Our commitment to serving the Vietnamese American community and promoting upward mobility through education is unwavering.

About VACA’s ESL Instruction

Located at the heart of the Vietnamese American Community Center, VACA offers ESL instruction that evolves with the changing needs of English language learners. Our experienced instructors, dedicated staff, and comprehensive curriculum ensure a supportive and effective learning environment for all students. With tailored programs, VACA addresses disparities within the Vietnamese community, helping individuals overcome language barriers and achieve their full potential.

Our Commitment and Experience

With three decades of experience, VACA has a proven track record of success in providing ESL instruction. Our classes include three levels: Beginner-1, Beginner-2, and Intermediate, accommodating 15 students each. Moreover, we conduct comprehensive citizenship instruction classes to guide immigrants on their path to becoming U.S. citizens. Our impressive 80% pass rate in the naturalization test showcases the effectiveness of our programs.

Serving the Vietnamese Community

Massachusetts hosts a significant Vietnamese population, with Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood being a vibrant hub. VACA serves this community with tailored programs that address language barriers, income disparities, and educational gaps. By focusing on language proficiency and civic awareness, VACA empowers Vietnamese immigrants to fully integrate into American society. 

Effective Program Management

VACA employs a range of strategies to ensure student success and program integrity:

  • Individualized Support: We provide personalized attention and mentorship, fostering a supportive learning environment that encourages engagement and progress.
  • Engaging Instructional Methods: Our interactive teaching methods, including discussions and real-world applications, keep students motivated and actively engaged.
  • Regular Progress Monitoring: Ongoing assessment and timely feedback enable students to track their progress and take ownership of their learning.
  • Targeted Support for Struggling Students: For those facing challenges, we offer tailored interventions, academic support, and individualized remediation plans.

ESL Class Levels

 Our ESL program caters to learners of different proficiency levels:

  • Beginner-1: Designed for those taking their first steps in English language learning.
  • Beginner-2: Building on the foundation of Beginner-1, this level introduces more complex language concepts.
  • Intermediate: For learners with a solid grasp of Basic English, aiming to enhance their skills further.

Each class is sized up to 20 students ensuring personalized attention and effective learning of every student.

Program Structure
Our ESL Instruction program is structured to provide comprehensive language learning experiences for different levels of proficiency. Here’s a glimpse of our beginner 1 & 2 class curriculum:

  • Week 1-2: Introduction and Basic Vocabulary
  • Week 3-4: Grammar and Sentence Structure
  • Week 5-6: Reading Comprehension
  • Week 7-8: Listening and Speaking
  • Week 9-10: Writing Skills and Review

Supplemental materials, such as vocabulary resources, grammar guides, and online platforms, enhance the learning experience and offer diverse opportunities for practice.

Dedicated Staff and Abundant Resources for ESL Success

Led by Ms. Thuan Tran at VACA, our ESL program is made possible by a team of dedicated and experienced instructors, who are passionate about facilitating effective language learning. Our instructors are not only skilled educators but also understand the unique challenges faced by English language learners. They employ engaging and interactive teaching methodologies to create a supportive and dynamic learning environment.

The skilled ESL staff at VACA possesses a wealth of experience and expertise that significantly enriches our language education programs. With diverse backgrounds and qualifications, our staff members collectively hold degrees in TESOL and related fields, bringing a deep commitment to effective language instruction. Their years of hands-on teaching experience, combined with a solid grasp of dynamic pedagogical approaches, enable them to create engaging and tailored learning experiences for our students. Furthermore, their extensive familiarity with cultural nuances and linguistic challenges fosters an inclusive and supportive environment, ensuring that each student’s language learning journey at VACA is both enriching and successful.

Resources & Curriculum

To further enhance the learning experience, we provide a wealth of resources that cater to various learning styles and preferences. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed, incorporating the latest language acquisition theories and practical applications. We utilize reputable textbooks, which offer structured lessons and exercises to build language skills systematically. Additionally, we leverage technology and online platforms to supplement classroom instruction. Our students have access to interactive language learning websites, ESL podcasts, video lessons, and authentic materials that expose them to real-world English usage. These resources ensure that our students receive a comprehensive and well-rounded education that prepares them to excel in their language learning journey.

Enroll Today
Join VACA’s ESL Instruction program and embark on a journey to enhance your English language skills, foster cultural awareness, and engage in your community. Our classes provide the foundation you need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.   At VACA, we’re here to empower you on your path to success through English language proficiency and community engagement. Join us and become part of a community dedicated to supporting your growth and integration.


Students in the beginning evening class studying hard with teacher, Ariel Acosta

Students in the beginning morning class participating in fun educational activities with teacher and program coordinator SarahEmily Lekberg
A group of beginning level students following the holiday party that marked the end of the 2014 fall semester with teacher and program coordinator, SarahEmily Lekberg.

Investing in VACA to help Vietnamese refugees and immigrants

Every month, hundreds of low income Vietnamese are turned way because we do not have resources to help

Hours of Operation

9am -12 pm
Monday to Friday
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Contact Us

Hoi Viet My office 42 Charles St, Dorchester, MA 02122
Phone: 617-288-7344
Fax: 617-822-3717