Literacy Forsyth raises funds with Spanish lessons

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CUMMING, Ga. — ¿Hablas español? Well, if you speak Spanish, this article is not for you.

For everyone else, there are 50 slots available this summer with classes starting at a beginner level to intermediate with a focus on conversational Spanish.

The summer Spanish lessons take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 10 through July 31.

“The level of the class will be beginner to intermediate,” said Annaliza Thomas, executive director for Literacy Forsyth. “If we have enough students register for the class, we may be able to offer two levels.”

Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S.

In the last 20 years, Forsyth County’s growth has led to economic and demographic changes.

Many businesses, schools, doctor’s offices and other government agencies have really seen the need to have bilingual staff, Thomas said.

“These classes would be great for anyone who works with Spanish-speaking clients,” Thomas said. “The instructors can help our students learn vocabulary and phrases specific to their professional and personal needs.”

This program will serve as a fundraiser for Literacy Forsyth. The money raised from teaching Spanish classes will help pay for the GED programs that run throughout the year.

Each year, Literacy Forsyth and its community partner Lanier Tech Adult Learning Center serve more than 1,000 adults studying in the adult education programs, Thomas said.

About half of those adults are studying for their GED.

Literacy Forsyth partners with other community groups to offer literacy programs throughout Forsyth County.

For instance, in partnership with the Forsyth County Public Library, they offer Digital Storytelling Camp for teens.

“We also offer classes to parents of Forsyth County students,” Thomas said. “During the day, we offer English classes to parents who are learning English as a foreign language.”

This year, the program was offered at Midway Elementary.

“This program is great because the parents not only are learning English, but they are also learning how to help their child with homework,” Thomas said.

Visit www.literacyforsyth.com for more information.

To sign up for Spanish classes

When: Tuesday and Thursdays

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $250 per semester

Where: Cumming Library branch, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming

Email: LiteracyForsyth@gmail.com

Call: 770-876-2011

FH 05-28-14