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English classes to be held at library branches
Instruction to focus on conversational practice

LAWRENCEVILLE - No habla Englais?

The Gwinnett County Public Library and Gwinnett Tech are teaming up to help Gwinnett's non-English speakers get a better grip on the language.

Starting Tuesday, the groups will present "Let's Talk," English conversation groups to help immigrants.

The groups aren't just for Spanish speakers, though, since more than 100 languages are spoken in Gwinnett County homes.

According to a press release, 30 percent of the county's residents speak a language other than English at home, and half of those people say they do not speak English well.

The groups will provide more opportunities for those people to practice conversational English, according to the release.

The groups will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on scheduled days at the library's Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross and Buford branches.

Prepared by Gwinnett Tech's English Language Institute, lessons are geared to audiences at the advanced beginner or early intermediate levels. Groups will explore a thematic topic each week, focusing exclusively on listening and speaking skills.

All groups will be led in English. Completion certificates will be granted to those who attend 10 or more sessions, which will be held weekly from Jan. 22 through May 8. Registration is not required.

For more information about Let's Talk, contact Lorena Gay-Griffin at 770-978-5142.

SideBar:

Let's Talk sessions for people to practice conversational English will be held at the following Gwinnett County Public Library branches.

Mondays/Lawrenceville/1001 Lawrenceville Hwy.

Tuesdays/Lilburn/788 Hillcrest Road

Wednesdays/Norcross/6025 Buford Hwy.

Thursdays/Buford/2100 Buford Hwy.