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May 5, 2020

EnglishConnect and Social Distancing: What you need to know

EnglishConnect is still available to learners despite the suspension of in-person gatherings. A new Distance Learning Guide is now available with tips on how to continue English learning online and stay conn ected during lockdowns.

March 16, 2020

Temporary Change to EnglishConnect Gatherings

Beginning the week of March 16, EnglishConnect 1 & 2 conversation groups are temporarily suspended. EnglishConnect 3 gatherings that occur in person will be switched to virtual gatherings for the remaining four weeks of the semester. This change follows direction from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to temporarily suspend all public gatherings of Church members and public activities sponsored by local Church units.

EnglishConnect 1 & 2

If I am a teacher for EnglishConnect 1 & 2, what should I do?

Contact your local priesthood leader for direction and inform the group participants of the change. Encourage participants to continue studying and practicing in their homes. Under the direction of your priesthood leader, consider appropriate ways for participants to continue meeting virtually and support one another through social media or email.

Can we continue EnglishConnect 1 & 2 groups virtually?

Follow the direction of your local priesthood leader or mission president.

If I am a participant in EnglishConnect 1 & 2, what should I do?

We encourage you to continue studying and practicing in your homes. Under the direction of your teacher, consider appropriate ways for participants to continue meeting virtually and support one another through social media or email.

EnglishConnect 3

What does this change mean for EnglishConnect 3?

This means that EnglishConnect 3 learners who meet locally at a Church meetinghouse or institute for their weekly gatherings will now gather online using Zoom videoconferencing software. Students will be notified by their missionaries with a link to their Zoom gathering. Students who already gather virtually will experience no change.

The good news is that virtual gatherings are already a standard practice for EnglishConnect gatherings in many locations, and students who gather virtually experience similar positive outcomes as those who gather in person.

What about next semester?

EnglishConnect 3 will remain fully operational. Regarding Spring 2020 Semester (late April–July), we will provide more information about gatherings closer to that time. You can register now at join.englishconnect.org.

As the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated recently, “We bear our witness of the Lord’s love during this time of uncertainty. He will bless you to find joy as you do your best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in every circumstance.”

We appreciate your flexibility. May we all move forward with faith and confidence together.