The Gables will be closed January 1 through February 10, 2023. We will reopen February 11, 2023. Tickets for February 11-28 will be available January 1 for members, and January 4 for the public. See you soon!

Programs, ESL and Citizenship Classes

Upcoming Programs

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UNBOUNDED VISION, MAGNIFIED GOOD

The Gables offers direct service programming to support educational initiatives in our local immigrant community. Our programming supports our community through classes that serve adult students striving to learn English and acquire citizenship. The classes support students and prepare them for the naturalization process. We engage a wider community through stimulating, thoughtful, community conversations on immigration and other social justice issues.

The unbounded vision of our founder, Caroline Emmerton, carries a remarkable, generative force: It continually inspires us to dig deep into the community, reach out to partners and magnify good.

ESL AND CITIZENSHIP

The Gables offers English-as-a-second-language and citizenship classes to adults eager to learn English and those aspiring to become American citizens. The Gables also hosts naturalization ceremonies on its lawn for local residents who have completed our program as well as other soon-to-be citizens from the Boston area. Ceremonies are arranged in collaboration with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Questions about classes? Please contact Ellen Berry, Interim Settlement Programs Manager, at eberry@7gables.org.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON IMMIGRATION AND OTHER SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

In keeping with our Settlement mission, The Gables hosts a series of community dialogues to address immigration and social justice topics. Unlike a traditional lecture, Community Conversations encourage discussion between the speaker and audience members during the presentation. We have been proud to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Becoming American series as well as Community Supported Film for past programming.

In 2022, The Gables has been hosting a series of Community Conversations centered around racial equality. These events are designed to engage community members in thoughtful and respectful conversation facilitated by Shawn Newton, chair of the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force. This task force was created by Mayor Kimberly Driscoll in June 2020 to assess policies, services and community systems in Salem and address systemic racial disparity. The Task Force surveyed Salem residents from December 23, 2020, through January 8, 2021, asking people to share their experiences and priorities moving forward in five categories: education, economics, culture, public safety and health care. The results of this survey were made available to the public in July 2021, along with the final report.

To learn more about this series of Community Conversations, visit the event calendar.

TESTIMONIALS

The Settlement Programs are an important part of the HSG’s mission and your work educating visitors about the Settlement Programs contributes greatly to the overall viability of the program.  We recently completed our Fall Session I ESL and Citizenship classes and I want to share with you some of the comments from the students who participated in the program.

Las clases han cambiado mi vida, pues necesitaba estas clases y este compartir con la comunidad y socialbilizarme.  Muchas gracias for este programa y con dios espero seguir participando y aportando al progreso de las clases!!!

The classes have changed my life.  I needed these classes and this way to share with the community and socialize. Thank you very much for this program and with God’s help I hope to continue participating and contributing to the progress of the classes!!

I feel better writing and pronouncing.  I will continue in the classes.  I like learning and want to reinforce listening and speaking (skills).  I like how my teachers teach me.

Todas las clases fueron excelentes y aprendi mucho.  Me gustaria leer libros que cuenten historias como telenovelas.

All the classes were excellent, and I learned a lot. I would like to read books that tell stories like soap operas.

Gracias por ser tan amable y cortez con nosotros.  Me siento muy bien estar en estos clases.

Thank you for being so kind and courteous with us. I feel very good being in these classes

Que sigen dando el excelente servicio que dan a la comunidad. Gracias!

Continue to provide this excellent service to the community. Thank you!

Es muy interesante. Ya que estoy muy preparado.  He aprendido bastante.

It is very interesting. Now I am very prepared. I have learned quite a bit.

Claro que si  100% la recomndaria la clase porque tiene muchos beneficios para nosotros.  Aprendimos mucho.

Of course, I would 100% recommend the class because it has many benefits for us. We learned a lot.

Lo felicito muchas gracias por su paciencia con nosotros.

Congratulations, thank you very much for your patience with us.

Muchisimas gracias por todo el apoyo, entusiasmo y solidaridad para las personas ques no sabemos ingles pero estamos aprendiando mucho.  The library was very good and useful.

Thank you very much for all the support, enthusiasm and solidarity for people who do not know English We are learning a lot. The library was very good and useful.

Estoy muy content por la forma de explica la clase.

I am very happy with the way things are explained in the class.