Nebraska is a state committed to the education of its non-English speaking immigrants and refugees, and a gracious host to foreign exchange students. Programs in Nebraska help new Americans learn our language and cultural customs and show curious foreign students a side of the United States not offered by coastal cities and often misconstrued in the media.
University of Nebraska Omaha
The University of Nebraska Omaha has two English language learning programs. The Intensive English Program, ILUNO, is designed to help speakers of other languages improve and perfect English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students use ILUNO both as a preparatory program for those who plan on attending and English-language college or university, and as a gateway to learning about American culture. UNO's second English language program, International Professional Development, provides intensive instruction on communication skills, cultural issues, and business education for international firms seeking success in English-speaking markets.
UNO International Studies and Programs ASH 241 6001 Dodge St Omaha NE 68182 402-554-2293 unomaha.edu
Metropolitan Community College
The Adult Education Program in English as a Second Language at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, teaches non-credit classes designed specifically for those who speak either no or very little English. Eleven week noncredit courses are offered free of charge, though are open only to Nebraska residents who are 18 years of age or older. Credit classes in ESL are available at MCC to officially enrolled students with a higher level of English proficiency.
Metropolitan Community College P.O. Box 3777 Omaha, NE 68103 402-457-2400 mccneb.edu
Omaha's Creighton University has operated the Intensive English Language Institute since 1979. Courses in reading, writing, listening/speaking, and grammar, spread across seven levels of English proficiency, are designed to help students from any global language background achieve English fluency. The eight-week courses meet 22 hours per week, and teach English through classroom instruction, cultural context activities, and computer lab learning that reinforces lessons from the classroom and activities. Small classes allow instructors to personalize learning for each student based on his or her language background.
Creighton University 2500 California Plaza Omaha, NE 68178 402-280-2700 creighton.edu
Lincoln Literacy Council
The Lincoln Literacy Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving English language and literacy skills of adults and families living in the Lincoln area. In partnership with over 20 local organizations, Lincoln Literacy Council provides a number of services for those looking to learn the English language. An Adult Literacy Program partners learners with tutors who teach English reading, writing, and speaking one-on-one. Larger ESL classes meet in public spaces like libraries and churches on a weekly basis. Workforce readiness classes for refugees, citizenship preparatory classes, English conversation groups, and health literacy programs are also available.
Lincoln Literacy Council 745 South 9th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 402-476-7323 lincolnliteracy.org
Will Gish slipped into itinerancy and writing in 2005. His work can be found on various websites. He is the primary entertainment writer for "College Gentleman" magazine and contributes content to various other music and film websites. Gish has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.