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November 16, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Juan Garcia makes the same resolution every New Year's: Learn English. Despite being in the U.S. for 15 years, the Mexican immigrant knows only a few words and phrases. Too busy with work and family, he has put off enrolling in a class. "The days pass and the years pass, and I don't do it," said Garcia, 63, who lives in Los Angeles.
December 28, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For Maricela Ruiz, a trip to the store to pick up a few groceries or to her daughter's school felt nearly impossible. “I'd go home crying,” said Ruiz, 37. She couldn't speak English, and after a few failed attempts at communication, began to wait for her husband to come home to help her run errands. For Ruiz, who moved from Mexico to Pasadena two years ago, the language barrier proved isolating. But a year ago Ruiz joined Mother's Club Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Pasadena that provides English classes to mothers and their children.
September 27, 1990
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education is offering beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in English as a Second Language. Students can begin attending any time this semester. Classes are held throughout the day and evening at the Dibble Campus, 1600 Pontenova Ave., Hacienda Heights; Fairgrove Campus, 15540 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente; Willow Campus, 320 N. Willow Ave., La Puente, and Proctor Campus, 15336 E. Proctor Ave., Industry.
December 16, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
Most afternoons, the 12 branches of the Long Beach Public Library are packed. Library officials say they've struggled - like other public libraries nationwide - to keep patrons' interest and stay relevant to residents in a digital world. But the library's literacy program has been especially popular since its implementation two years ago. The program dedicates computers, work space and assistance specifically to families looking to hunt for jobs, take English as a Second Language courses or work on homework.
January 17, 1997
Free English classes are available to people with limited or no English language skills Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church and School. The classes, which started this week, will be offered throughout the spring semester. All sessions are open to the public and child care is provided for program participants. St. John's is at 30382 Via Con Dios. Information: (714) 858-5144.
For Ofelia Sanchez, a 23-year-old amnesty applicant from Mexico, learning English was like being born again. She came to the United States in 1985 not speaking a word of English, a shortcoming that made everything around her seem frightening and left knots in her stomach as she tried to communicate with those around her. But with her first lesson in English, she said, she felt a wave of relief, as if the world was opening to her again.
January 3, 1996 | MARY F. POLS
The Conejo Valley Adult School is now offering free classes in English as a second language. Levels include beginning to advanced, with a focus on conversation, pronunciation, listening, reading, writing, grammar and American culture. Entering students take a placement examination. Child care is provided for parents with small children, ages 4 to 11, at a monthly charge of $20 per child. Beginning this week, classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m.
English classes at Moorpark College could be a lot tougher starting next fall if officials approve a plan to beef up the college's curriculum to meet stringent admission requirements at UC Berkeley. The move to toughen standards comes in response to the university's recent decision to reject Moorpark students, ruling that their English classes were inadequate for admission into Berkeley's business school.
The Glendale Unified School District will implement a state-funded program to reduce the size of all 10th-grade English classes to no more than 20 students in the spring semester. The program will be funded by a $170,000 grant to the district for the 1990-91 school year, which was unanimously accepted Tuesday by the Board of Education.
May 1, 1994
The city's Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a free nutrition program and free classes in basic English. The nutrition program provides meals to low-income youths 18 and younger from 1 to 2 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 30. Students 15 and older can study English as a Second Language from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Both programs are at the city recreation center, 3401 E. Florence Ave. Information: (213) 584-6218.
June 12, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
After an important cultural icon dies, it isn't unusual for a handful of readers to reflect on how the recently deceased's work touched their lives. Author Ray Bradbury, who passed away last week, was no exception. Of the 42 (and counting) submissions sent to, several readers credited Bradbury's work for stoking their own imaginations and inspiring them to pursue careers in a number of creative fields. But the preponderance of submissions responding to Bradbury's death -- which are still trickling in, a week after the author passed June 5 -- have a personal dimension.
May 31, 2012 | Hector Tobar
There is a place in Los Angeles where the Enlightenment's flame still burns bright. The Enlightenment, you'll remember from history class, gave us liberty, Thomas Jefferson, the pursuit of happiness, and "all men are created equal. " Today, those ideals live on in the math, citizenship and English classes taught at Hollywood High's adult school. Adult school is California's magical factory of impossible transformations. A man can enter as an immigrant with a sixth-grade education from the Guatemalan countryside and come out a U.S. citizen on his way to earning a college degree.
April 2, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
El CAJON, Calif. —This day's English lessons for Iraqi immigrants at Cuyamaca College involved learning how to talk about bad news. From their text, "Day by Day: English for Employment Communication," the 25 students repeated dialogue wrapped around common occurrences: "I lost my wallet" and "My husband got fired from his job. " But the students had a horrific piece of real news on their minds: the March 24 death of an Iraqi immigrant who...
March 25, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Independent filmmaker Terence Davies, 66, has made only five narrative feature films in the last 24 years. After making several short films, including his trio of autobiographical works known as "The Terence Davies Trilogy," he made his feature directorial debut with his 1988 autobiographical drama "Distant Voices, Still Lives," about a young boy growing up in a large working-class Catholic family in Liverpool in the 1940s and '50s. Among his other films are 1992's autobiographical drama "The Long Day Closes" and his 2000 adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth.
January 29, 2012 | By Coleen Bondy
For the first time this year, LAUSD has prepared reports for teachers that rate their effectiveness. When I received an email saying I could now view my own personal "Average Growth over Time" report, I opened it with a combination of trepidation, resignation and indignation. First, the indignation. It is, I think, the key factor that has kept me teaching past the five-year mark, when most new teachers quit the profession. I am in my sixth year of teaching after a nearly 20-year career as a professional writer.
February 1, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Operators of a social services program in Canoga Park dedicated a statue Monday in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Perhaps Catholic Charities, which operates the 60-year-old Guadalupe Community Center, will erect a statue saluting Mary Logan Orcutt next. Orcutt was the wife of a pioneering San Fernando Valley rancher and the person who, in 1947, bought two acres of peach orchard land and drew up plans for a family services center to help the ranch's mostly Mexican-immigrant workers.
October 15, 1987
In an attempt to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to sharply expand its offering of English classes for foreign-born residents, the Western Center on Law and Poverty filed a suit Wednesday accusing the district of failing to comply with state law by keeping an estimated 21,000 people on waiting lists. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit asks the court to issue an injunction requiring the district to shift more money to adult school courses in English as a second language (ESL).
September 23, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Fall enrollment at Mission College is up 23% over last year, an increase that campus officials attribute to growing numbers of Spanish-speaking students taking English and citizenship classes at the northeast San Fernando Valley campus. The two-year community college, which for 14 years has operated out of rented storefronts, had enrolled 5,620 students by Friday, campus officials said. About 20% of those students attend classes to learn English.
December 19, 2010 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether for yourself or your nearest and dearest, the gift of a foreign language can last a lifetime. Here's a look at some language programs and what they offer: Beverly Hills Lingual Institute My memories of high school and college French are mostly negative because I usually felt dimwitted anytime I tried to speak. So I was surprised to find that the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute felt like a social club, where learning a language isn't a chore. The institute offers 20 to 25 languages for all levels of learners, from beginning through advanced.
August 27, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Cary Grant once said that "I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and finally, I became that person. Or he became me. " Today, of course, Grant is remembered as the epitome of the suave gentleman, an image he carefully cultivated, but in 1944's "None But the Lonely Heart," he played a very different kind of man — the Cockney ne'er do well Ernie Mott, a role that allowed him to reach back to his English working-class roots. He considered it one of his finest performances; his portrayal earned Grant his second lead actor Oscar nomination.
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