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© Tiffany israel/OUHSD
© Tiffany israel/OUHSD

For many newcomers to the United States, learning English is a daunting task. The English language is full of rules and exceptions, and is hardly ever phonetic like many other languages. It is relatively easy for a child growing up to learn multiple languages just by listening to them, unfortunately the same is not true for adults.

The language center of our brain is pretty stubborn and thinks it knows all it needs to know. So as adults we must study the rules of a new language, tenses, conjugation, punctuation and so on. Through study, repetition and memorization we can learn a new language.

Students of the Oxnard Adult School English as a Second Language (ESL) program wisely seek out a educational forum for learning English. Students in the program learn with fellow English learners, help and encourage each other and of course practice conversing with each other.

Like anything worthwhile, learning English and speaking it fluently does not come easy. Many students become discouraged and frustrated. As part of an ongoing tradition, Advanced ESL students speak to Beginning and Intermediate ESL classes encouraging students to not give up, and that all their hard work will pay off. They also answer questions and offer advice like watching television shows or news in English.

These important visits are as much a benefit to the beginning students as they are to the presenting Advanced students. Being able to speak to their peers in language learning is a huge accomplishment and something to be very proud of. Congratulations to the many successful students of the Oxnard Adult School ESL program, and those currently in it who are striving to achieve their goals!

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