Hopelink cancels Talk Time English classes in Issaquah
January 25, 2011
Hopelink canceled its English Talk Time classes at Issaquah Valley Elementary School last month due to budget cuts.
About nine people used the free class, where they divided into beginning and advanced groups to practice their English speaking skills, Talk Time Coordinator and AmeriCorps member Kelli Graham said.
Hopelink is not the first to cut English language classes because of budget cuts. In March 2009, Renton Technical College ended its English class, which helped 22 people from Brazil, China, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine at a classroom at the Community Church of Issaquah.
Even with the cuts, English language learners looking for classes can still find them around town.
The Issaquah Valley Senior Center offers English language classes to people who speak Chinese. The center offers the free class for seniors and adults from 10 a.m. – noon every Monday at 75 N.E. Creek Way. No registration is required, Program Coordinator April Nelson said.
The Issaquah Library offers free English Talk Time classes led by a facilitator on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
“They just have conversation in English and can get clarification for things they don’t understand,” Reference Librarian Elizabeth Panni said.
Bellevue College offers English classes through its Adult Basic Education program for as little as $25, as long as the student is both an adult and a permanent resident who is an immigrant or refugee.
Bellevue College also offers English classes through its English Language Institute and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training.