The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 16, 2013

'Survival English' class taught at Clinton Community College

By Mary Lou Hinrichsen Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Clinton Community College is again offering an evening course for newcomers from other lands to learn what is called “Survival English” — the language skills they need to buy groceries, apply for a job, understand a credit card bill, use an automatic-teller machine or read bus routes.

A recent class had a woman from Vietnam who also speaks Mandarin Chinese, a man from Uzbekistan who also spoke Russian and students from Korea and Mexico.

The class offers a chance to develop whatever English skills the individual needs.

The woman from Vietnam wanted to become an American citizen, so in addition to learning survival English she studied the possible questions a candidate might be asked at the citizenship procedure, and was successful.

The man from Uzbekistan, who was washing dishes for a living while he took the course, had been a college math professor in his homeland. He studied the English terms for math symbols and procedures and also delved into the use of computers for teaching math, which was not done in his country.

The class, which focuses on each individual’s needs, meets at the college twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Cost of the class is $15 for a fiscal year.

Clinton Community College is located at 1000 Lincoln Blvd. Phone number to inquire about the ESL (English as a Second Language) class is (563) 244-7000.

Clinton Community College is a part of the Eastern Iowa Community College District. English as a Second Language has been offered in the district for 35 years, with students coming from Vietnam, Bosnia, Liberia, Myanmar, Japan, China, El Salvador and India, to name a few countries.