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Local residents who don’t speak English as a first language will now have a new option to improve their communication skills.
The Marshall Public Library will begin hosting a free weekly English as a Second Language (ESL) class starting Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m. The class will be taught by Idaho State University Assistant Lecturer in English Michael Westwood and will be custom tailored to meet the specific needs of the students.
“This course will touch on how to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills,” said Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian at the Marshall Public Library. “With this class being customizable for each student and their individual needs, I’m sure everyone involved will be able to learn something even if you’ve taken an ESL class before.”
According to figures from the United States Census Bureau, more than 150,000 or 10.4 percent of Idahoans over five-years-old speak a language at home other than English.
The new ESL class is part of the library’s literacy program, which also includes classes and tutors for math, reading, and technology. For more information on this or any of the other outreach efforts at the Marshall Public Library, visit marshallpl.org or call 232-1263.