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Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Work Voices | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Sara Bonomi is from Italy and has been living in San Francisco for a few months, having learned English by living abroad. She is a trainee in marketing at Type A Machines, a start up company in San Francisco that designs and makes 3D printers. Her job involves communicating and reaching out to potential customers and finding new external markets to sell printers. Customers include architects, industrial designers and engineers etc.

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Selling Obamacare to California’s Immigrant Communities

ESL Insights | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Selling Obamacare to California’s Immigrant Communities

Mina Kim, KQED’s health reporter for the California Report, covered this important issue for ESL communities. She poses the question: “In a state as diverse as California, what will it take to sell Obamacare to ethnic communities where English is a second language?”

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Work Voices 14: Liu Cai, Energy Information Specialist

Work Voices | July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 14: Liu Cai, Energy Information Specialist

Liu Cai is from China and is a native Cantonese speaker. He works in San Francisco for the Department of the Environment as part of an outreach team, Environment Now, that goes out into the community to provide information and promote sustainable waste policies, such as how to compost and recycle, use free pick up services and how to dispose of hazardous waste to improve the quality of the environment for all residents.

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Work Voices 13: Eve Olimpo, Sustainable Interior Designer

Work Voices | June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 13: Eve Olimpo, Sustainable Interior Designer

Eve Olimpo is a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada and has lived in the US for 12 years. She is an interior designer working in a store, Inhabiture in Palo Alto, which is a retail outlet for an architectural company which specializes in sustainable design and construction – “ we create beautiful and healthy residential and commercial spaces.” Eve works with clients to explain options in terms of green design and advises them on sustainable furniture and furnishing, products that are selected for natural eco-friendly qualities.

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Our Learners’ Voices

ESL Insights | May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Learners’ Voices

Immigrant adults come to ESL classes for a number of reasons- communicate effectively in their new homeland, become literate for the first time in their lives, do better in their jobs or get a better job, move on to higher education and career training, and help their children do better in school. While most of adult learners have multiple reasons to learn English,the motivation behind these reasons is to be better integrated in their new land.

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Do Now #80: What Makes a Good Citizen?

Do Now | May 10, 2013 | 87 Comments

Do Now #80: What Makes a Good Citizen?

The idea of citizenship inevitably comes up when examining immigration reform. What makes a good citizen? What should be required of a citizen? Does the current application system measure worthiness or should different criteria be taken into consideration? Do you feel you meet these criteria yourself?

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Students Debate Immigration Reform — Do Now Round Up

Community Voices | May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Students Debate Immigration Reform — Do Now Round Up

As the immigration reform bill begins to consume lawmakers in Washington in the coming months, students around the country had a head start to debate the issue online. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead Democratic negotiator, explains, “The American people have told us to do two things. One, prevent future flows of illegal immigration, and then come up with a common sense solution for legal immigration. And that’s what our bill does.”

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Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

Do Now | April 19, 2013 | 1,130 Comments

Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

The Gang of Eight, as the eight bipartisan US Senators have been termed, has managed to reach a compromise on immigration reform after months of negotiating. Their immigration reform bill is a trade off between the four Republicans and four Democrats allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship, in exchange for way stricter border security standards.

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Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

ESL Insights | February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

by Julia McGurk If you grew up in California, the chances are you went to school with someone who would be categorized as Generation 1.5, and the chances are that you wouldn’t be able to pick them out from students who spent their whole lives in the US speaking English. In fact you have probably […]

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The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

ESL Insights | February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

By Lori Howard Business and labor leaders are showing support for an immigration reform bill proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators which would affect approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S. The reform being discussed includes the “Dream Act” which would create an expedited path to citizenship for young […]

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