American Dream Starts @ your library® Grant Allows California Library to Expand ESL Classes
@yourLibrary: 10.12.2014 by Steve Zalusky
A California library system is providing opportunities for patrons who wish to expand their horizons by learning English.
Through an American Dream Starts @ your library grant awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the American Library Association, the Riverside County (Calif.) Library System has been able to expand ESL classes for adult learners.
In this countywide program, volunteers are working with one-on-one tutoring to help individuals learn to read and write.
In the county, which is spread over 7,200 square miles, it is estimated that there are over 50,000 people in Riverside County who are eligible for citizenship. However, there are several barriers in their way. One barrier to citizenship is being able to speak, read and write English in order to take the Citizenship Exam.
This community-based program that changes not only improves students’ lives, but also those of their families.
One of the students, Laura Serrano, a mother of two children whose first language is Spanish, said learning is English is important in order to get a good job.
“This program is very good for me, because it’s free, it’s close to my house, I have very good teachers,” she said. READ MORE !