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ABCs for Kids; English for Parents

While their children are in class during the day, parents can learn English from COC professors.

Posted: February 26, 2008 7:31 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Partnerships between College of the Canyons and the Newhall and Sulphur Springs school districts have been forged to widen the reach of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in Santa Clarita.

As part of the new partnerships, COC professors will teach noncredit ESL classes to the parents of elementary school students on their respective campuses.

"I'm very excited about these new partnerships," said Jennifer Brezina, interim dean for noncredit division and community education at COC. "By working together, we're able to meet students' needs in a way that none of us could if we were working alone."

This opportunity is made possible through the Even Start Family Literacy program at the Newhall School District and the Community-Based English Tutoring (CBET) program at the Sulphur Springs School District.

The Even Start Family Literacy program helps to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by providing parents with children up to the age of seven opportunities to help their children academically and to meet their own language goals. Along with the ESL classes, participants must attend parenting and Mommy and Me classes.

The CBET program provides free or subsidized English language instruction for parents and community members who pledge to tutor others. Both programs seek to encourage increased English proficiency in the community.

"The Sulphur Springs School District is very excited about our CBET partnership with College of the Canyons," said Marianne Hamor, categorical programs administrator for the Sulphur Springs district. "We have already had a tremendous response, and are looking forward to continuing our partnership next fall."

To encourage parents to take the classes, the two districts will provide free childcare and the necessary books. ESL classes provide non-native English speakers with the training to successfully function as students in an English-speaking college. These classes also offer students the opportunity to communicate on a broader scale enhancing their own lives.

The schools included in the two districts are Newhall and McGrath elementary schools for the Newhall district, and Leona Cox, Valley View, Mint Canyon and Sulphur Springs elementary schools in the Sulphur Springs district.

For information about classes at the Newhall schools, contact Kelly Ferko at (661) 291-4010. For classes at the Sulphur Springs schools, contact Marianne Hamor at (661) 252-5131.



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