FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2007
College Offers ESL Classes at Local High School
College of the Canyons is offering students a friendly environment in which to learn English as a second language (ESL) at Golden Valley High School this spring. A perfect fit for students on the go, classes are held in the late evening once every week.
"Learning English is so important because those who don't speak English would like to feel a part of the happenings around them, to be able to speak to their children's teachers or to be better prepared for a different job," said ESL instructor Anna Glapa-Grossklag.
"But most importantly, non-English speakers would like to understand the society in which they live and have a voice in America," adds Glapa-Grossklag. "For example, a former student, who had learned English while raising two children, shared her story of starting at a new job at a major retail store in Santa Clarita. Although she had a basic knowledge of the appropriate vocabulary, she was puzzled by customers' reactions to her and her relationships with her co-workers and supervisor. When she came to class, she was able to discuss not only the proper grammar and meaning of words but also the layers of verbal relationships in places such as her employment. This student expressed her gratitude at being able to discuss these kinds of issues with others who shared her experience. In the end," said Glapa-Grossklag, "she decided to pursue a degree at COC in order to advance her career opportunities in America."
- ESL 060 is an entry-level class that focuses on grammar, reading and writing. The class meets from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 7, 2007.
- ESL 083 is an intermediate class that improves reading, vocabulary and speaking skills. The class meets from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting March 6, 2007.
"The best thing about these classes is that the teacher gives you the time and the help you need to improve your English," said Heather Maclean, chair of the ESL department at College of the Canyons. "Students only have to come one night a week."
For more information about the ESL classes at Golden Valley High School, please visit the college's website at www.canyons.edu.