15. Learning English





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According to the 2000 US Census, 39 percent people who live in California do not speak at home. In Las Casas, a city in California, 79 percent of residents speak little or English at home or at work. To combat problem, Las Casas is instituting a program called My English. Program funding will come from government and corporate donations.

The program has two goals. is to improve residents’ English so that they get better jobs. The other is to provide qualified workers for corporations throughout the county.

“We desperate for good workers who speak English,” said Rove of Containers, Ltd. “We have nationwide truck for good drivers, and we need salespeople in every state.”

“We want everyone in Las Casas speak English,” said Ivan Libby, administrator of the district. “They don’t have to speak fluent English, course, just survival English—how to give and get , order food, visit the doctor, read labels on and medicines—the basic stuff. Once they're able to and write more English, they’ll be able to better work and they’ll be more confident. We this confidence will inspire some of them to on to get their high school diploma and even get a degree from a community college a university.”

Currently, most Las Casas residents qualify only low-paying jobs. In fact, the pay is so low that residents need to work two to make ends meet. This program will help get better-paying jobs not only in California but nationwide. The district will mount a huge advertising to alert residents to the free program. Love English will be offered at various sites and to reach as many residents as possible.