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The U.S. Department of Education launched a Web site today, USA Learns, with interactive audio activities designed to help immigrants learn the basics of English.

We really are talking about "the basics" here. Activities on the site have goals such as helping someone to learn the words needed to rent an apartment or invite people to a party in English. The development of the site was directed by the Education Department's office of vocational and adult education. The lessons are aimed at adults.

It can be hard for adult immigrants in this country to find opportunities to learn English. Often they are working long hours and don't have much time to attend classes in the evenings or on weekends. And free programs to learn English often have long waiting lists. At least that was true of one English program for adults that I volunteered at for a couple of years.

So it seems to me that providing on-line resources to learn English is a good idea.


Hopefully they will expand the levels as time goes on. How are they going to let immigrants who speak that basic level of English that the website is up? Have their language teacher do it? There's a pun there because English language classes are often too few and that is why some websites like this may be even more needed.

Estamos interesados en el programa para aprender inglés. Soy de Costa Rica.

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