ESL Resources for Immigrants

ESL Resources for Immigrants

New immigrants who arrive in the United States often face language barriers that impede them in a great number of ways not the least of which is in securing employment. However, by taking ESL classes newly arrived immigrants can increase their chance of securing gainful employment, get better involved in their children’s education and can become a powerful voice in the community. Here are a few resources (some free) that can help newly arrived immigrants gain competency with the English language.

  • Classes on the Internet: The Internet is a place where you can learn about practically any subject. Once online you can find sites that give English tutorials – some for free – and exercises that will help you be able to converse with native English speakers. Many of these resources are for beginning and intermediate speakers but all have the advantage of being accessible on a schedule that best suits the individual. To participate in any of these free ESL online courses all you need is a fast broadband Internet connection, speakers or headphones and a sound card. That’s it!
  • Colleges and Schools: Of course you can go the traditional route and attend ESL courses in person if you desire. The advantage here is that you can interact with others who are trying to master the language. And with nearly 1,200 junior and community college campuses around the United States, it should not be difficult to find free or low-cost ESL courses near you. A final advantage to taking ESL courses in person is that you gain immediate feedback from teachers.
  • Labor, Career and Resource Centers: Many non-profits, in partnership with local governments, offer free English classes for immigrants. Some of these resources also teach computer classes for those who prefer to study online and conduct citizenship classes as well.

In short, of all the barriers that are placed in the way of immigrants to this country, language does not have to be one of them. Immigrants can retain their own culture and respect their heritage and gain competency with the English language at the same time. If you desire to improve your English speaking abilities then the following resources will be able to help you. If you need the help of an immigration attorney in Oxnard, I can answer any questions you have. My office handles immigration rights in Van Nuys, Los Angeles and other parts of California.

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