A different course for a new restaurant

Starting next month, Sally's Middle Name will offer an eight-week course similar to English as a Second Language.  (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Starting next month, Sally’s Middle Name will offer an eight-week course similar to English as a Second Language. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The classes start in September and the workers will meet every Wednesday. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

The restaurant plans to limit enrollment to 20 people in the initial course. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The restaurant plans to limit enrollment to 20 people in the initial course. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

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Starting next month, Sally's Middle Name will offer an eight-week course similar to English as a Second Language.  (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The restaurant plans to limit enrollment to 20 people in the initial course. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

WASHINGTON — A new restaurant along the H Street Corridor will be offering a unique course.

It is not an entree for customers. Instead, the offering is an English class for restaurant workers.

Starting next month, Sally’s Middle Name will offer an eight-week course similar to English as a Second Language.

The free course targets restaurant workers along the H Street Corridor.

“I think the responsibility of a business lies to the community around it,” says Aphra Adkins, co-owner of the restaurant. “I think sometimes people forget that the community includes the people who are working for you and not necessarily the patrons of your business.”

One of the challenges for workers looking to improve their English language skills involves balancing the classroom teaching with their work schedules.

In this case, instruction will begin between the lunch and dinner shifts — right where employees work.

Adkins believes the course could help workers move their way up.

“If someone has the skill-set to be promoted in the workplace but they don’t have the language skills to manage the people below them, then they won’t be able to have that bump up,” she says.

The classes start in September and the workers will meet every Wednesday.

The restaurant plans to limit enrollment to 20 people in the initial course.

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