The LaundromatThere will be 26 side loaded, vertically stacked washing machines/dryers in the Laundry Lab. To accommodate our clients, each machine can be paid for with either cash or credit. Once you have paid for your laundry, you will be given your unique password for the iPad at your study carrel in the Language Lab. This will ensure that our clients always have access to study carrels and ESL materials when they come to use the laundry facilities. There will be a minimum of one (multilingual) laundry facilities manager on staff at all times to assist clients.
The Language LabThe Language Lab will contain 26 study carrels, each with an iPad loaded with a number of ESL apps. There will also be at least one ESL tutor present throughout all hours of operation to assist and guide the students in their ESL studies. Once a client has paid for their laundry, they will be provided with the unique password for the corresponding iPad. After a client has obtained access to their iPad using their unique password, they will be prompted to create a user account and sign in. This will ensure that each time they come, they can pick up exactly where they left off from the previous session. The ESL apps that students will have access to are recommended by Edudemic (an organization dedicated to connecting education to technology) and will employ a broad range of teaching techniques and to ensure that each student’s learning needs are met. Edudemic recommends the following ESL apps:
-My English Coach
-Intro to Letters
The café is a vibrant space for students and community members to study, read, and hang out. The café is the street front portion of the Laundry Lab, activating the street and engaging the neighborhood. Anyone can enjoy the café and have access to its wifi or purchase coffee, tea or a light snack. Students can practice speaking with other students, families can read together, kids can do homework. The café is a where strangers become friends and community members come to know, respect, and support one other.