Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Free Web Site Launched to Help Immigrants Learn English

The U.S. Department of Education today launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site provides approximately 11 million adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training.

Launch of the site completes one of the goals in President Bush's Aug. 10, 2007, announcement of 26 immigration reforms that his Administration would pursue within existing law -- including the assimilation of new citizens and helping immigrants learn English to expand their opportunities in America. Recognizing that "knowledge of English is the most important component of assimilation" and "an investment in tools to help new Americans learn English will be repaid many times over," the Administration pledged to launch a free, Web-based portal to help immigrants learn English.

U.S.A. Learns offers the following features:

* An easily accessible Internet learning tool;
* Simple directions;
* Free instructional materials developed to teach basic English skills and help adults improve their English proficiency; and
* Learning modules that can be used outside a traditional classroom

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