The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Given the prevalence of Spanish in the US, it’s often difficult for Latino immigrants to get that immersion. Typical English-language newspapers can be daunting for the LEP (Limited English Proficient) population, so an English newspaper designed to help immigrants is one step toward helping them transition to English-language media.
In a speech in San Jose recently, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told an audience of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media. President Bush has also been quoted as saying immigrants need to learn English. While political leaders are making headlines on this issue, a small newspaper based in Northern California, which is published for immigrants learning English as a Second Language, quietly celebrated its 10th anniversary.