The United States has a unique history as a nation of immigrants.
Every American can trace his or her families' origins to other parts of
the world. But new arrivals and their children still face many
challenges in settling here, particularly those for whom English is a
new or second language.
Our ESL program is intended to help the process of their assimilation,
ease their understanding of American culture, inspire their hopes for
life in this country, and offer examples from among the many who have
overcome similar struggles to become American success stories. The new
arrival has so much to contribute to us all.
In this special collection we recognize the significant place of ESL
Americans in the fabric of our society and celebrate their
accomplishments. We hope that ESL students will find inspiration,
guidance and suitable role models in these and upcoming stories.