Chemeketa offers accredited English class

Jun 25, 2007 Full story: Statesman Journal

As important as it is for local Spanish speakers to access English language classes, it is disappointing that the Statesman Journal should introduce so prominently the Stayton Learning Academy . via Statesman Journal

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David Long

United States

#1 Jul 15, 2007
Stayton Language Academy deserves repspect. I cannot understand how John Hawkins (Letter June 25) can criticize a person's hard work and effort to help the community. There are myriad details and things that have to be worked out, which are all part of starting a business.
I am currently working on a more professional location to hold classes. The two originally planned locations fell through at the last minute. To remedy this takes time.
As far as accredidation goes, it doent matter to most hispanic people seeking to learn English whether a school is accredited or not. Do you really think a 45 year old Mexican cannery worker cares about accreditation? I don't. Many of them just want to learn the language to better their lives.
Mr Hawkins was also mistaken about the amount of class hours offered by Stayton Language Academy and the tution cost. He thought SLA offered eight week of class for $50 and compared it to Chemeketa's Ingles Now class which costs $30 for eight weeks.
Stayton Language Academy classes cost $50 for 10 weeks of classes, and SLA offers 7 different times which include morning, afternoon and evening, making the classes more available for working people. Each class meets a total of five hours a week, whereas Ingles Now is one class that meets a total of four hours a week.
Writing letters to the editor to nitpick shows lack of integrity. Instead of being critical, why can't we be supportive of each other?
I have worked really hard to create a language academy to help meet the needs of the local Hispanic people, and I deserve the respect and support of my community.
David Long
Stayton Language Academy
Colin Winkler

Brockton, MA

#2 Jul 27, 2007
Unless one is seeking some sort of credit-transfers among the University system , accreditation shouldn't matter so much as to one's progress in foreign language pursuits. When I was a foreigner learning a language, I had the opportunity to study in many different settings: An internationally-recognized university was by far the most expensive (albeit prominent) of the choices, followed by the municipal community center (some recognition, but cheaper) and least in luxury (and price!) was the neighborhood center where I finally decided upon taking classes. Why? Because I was a recent University graduate who had no need for credits, especially when such basic-level courses usually do not transfer towards programs anyways. Often the case too is that credits simply are not given because of discrepancies among competing schools. I applaud the efforts of a local citizen who is helping to fill in the linguistic gaps and bridge his community.
David Long

United States

#3 Jul 28, 2007
Stayton Language Academy deserves repspect. I cannot understand how John Hawkins (Letter June 25) can criticize a person's hard work and effort to help the community. There are myriad details and things that have to be worked out, which are all part of starting a business.
I am currently working on a more professional location to hold classes. The two originally planned locations fell through at the last minute. To remedy this takes time.
As far as accredidation goes, it doent matter to most hispanic people seeking to learn English whether a school is accredited or not. Do you really think a 45 year old Mexican cannery worker cares about accreditation? I don't. Many of them just want to learn the language to better their lives.
Mr Hawkins was also mistaken about the amount of class hours offered by Stayton Language Academy and the tution cost. He thought SLA offered eight week of class for $50 and compared it to Chemeketa's Ingles Now class which costs $30 for eight weeks.
Stayton Language Academy classes cost $50 for 10 weeks of classes, and SLA offers 7 different times which include morning, afternoon and evening, making the classes more available for working people. Each class meets a total of five hours a week, whereas Ingles Now is one class that meets a total of four hours a week.
Writing letters to the editor to nitpick shows lack of integrity. Instead of being critical, why can't we be supportive of each other?
I have worked really hard to create a language academy to help meet the needs of the local Hispanic people, and I deserve the respect and support of my community.
David Long
Stayton Language Academy

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