Thursday, April 09, 2009

Breaking down the language barrier

This ESL class is helping immigrants learn English, they know they need it to get a decent job. - - Donna Poisl

By Collin Smith

Eveline Bacon’s favorite part of the day is teaching English to non-native speakers.

Through coordinating and teaching Integrated Community’s English as a Second Language classes — which began September 2008 — Bacon can reach people directly and see firsthand if her work changes lives for the better.

For some of her students recently, however, change has come, for good and bad, whether they like it or not.

“Most of the husbands (of the women in ESL classes) work in construction, and right now, that’s really slow,” said Bacon, Integrated Community intercultural ESL program manager. “A lot of the husbands are unemployed. The women realize now they need to get a job, learn more English.”
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