Free English classes being held every Tuesday

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

The Latina Women's League's free English classes began this week at the Millhopper Branch Library. But don't worry if you want to participate; you can enroll at any step along the way.


What to enroll?

What: Free English classes
Where: Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.
When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 16
For more information or to register, visit or call 262-6601.

What: Free U.S. citizenship classes
Where: Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.
When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 7 through March 28.
For more information, visit or call 378-9787

The classes, held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, will run through April 16, said Ileana McCray, the English class facilitator.

Although the classes were initially offered only to Spanish speakers, they are now open to anyone from any country. Most students are 19 or older, but there have been younger participants in the past.

Participants will learn conversational and survival English, McCray said. Survival English includes day-to-day vocabulary and expressions to help non-English speakers communicate on a daily basis, she said.

Many times, the classes become a social network for students, who make friends and learn about the community.

Class members often are foreign exchange or graduate students from the University of Florida or Santa Fe College, and classes are made up of about eight to 10 people.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced English students are in the same class so everyone can participate, no matter the level of English they speak, McCray said.

To register, visit or call 352-262-6601.

Beginning Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Latina Women's League will begin offering its free citizenship classes.

Jonathan Scholl, a league volunteer, said the classes help prepare participants who seek to apply for U.S. citizenship. The classes are aimed at getting students ready for the application, the English literary test and the civics test.

Anyone can enroll, but participants must be 18 or older to receive naturalization.

No registration is necessary. Meetings are every Thursday at the Millhopper Branch Library. The last meeting is March 28.

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