The U.S. Department of Education has launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English, according to the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. The Web site, www.USALearns.org, provides free English language training. 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
• Learning modules that can be used outside a traditional classroom
Users of the site can choose directions in either English or Spanish and then pick which English level they need—beginner or intermediate. Once in the modules, the instruction is almost exclusively in English. In the beginner course, 20 units are offered in such areas as numbers, the calendar, places to go, families, schools, clothes, money and shopping. For intermediate students, more challenging exercises can help them further their existing English reading and writing skills.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, through its Division of Adult Education and Literacy, oversaw the design of U.S.A. Learns. Core funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The University of Michigan and Sacramento County Office of Education assisted the U.S. Education Department in the development of the U.S.A. Learns Web site. The site uses materials previously developed with public funds.
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