SFSC Advanced ESOL class on Adult Learner Day at the 35th Annual Florida Literacy Conference

AVON PARK, Fla. – May 31, 2019 – The essays of nine students from South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Adult Education Program have been published in the book, “Actually, I Can,” printed through the Florida Literacy Coalition. The organization publishes a book of short stories, poems, and autobiographical narratives annually. This year, approximately 230 students from across Florida were included in the book.

The SFSC ESOL and GED preparation students whose works were included in this year’s book are Christopher Manning, Estela Maria Marin, Jephte Alcindor Linus, Maria Nunez, Marcela Salazar, Yolanda Esquivel, Blanca Patino Flor, Shannon Knisley, and Ronald Merlin Marroquin.

During the 35th Annual Florida Literacy Conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., two of the students were invited to read their submissions to “Actually, I Can.”

The book, published on April 25, 2019, includes a variety of personal stories on topics such as the excitement of coming to the United States for the first time, learning to speak English, discovering that education is the key to the future, finding support as an orphan, and overcoming an abusive relationship.

“The book was developed to empower students through reading and writing,” said Nicole Caban, education and training coordinator with the Florida Literacy Coalition. “And when people see their work published, it boosts their self-esteem.”

Caban explained that the stories in the current publication were chosen for readability and for a good balance of topics. “We would accept all the stories submitted if we could,” she said.

To purchase a copy of “Actually, I Can,” call the Florida Literacy Coalition at 407-246-7110 or send an email to Literacyinfo@floridaliteracy.org. Each copy is $5.

SFSC’s Adult Education Program offers classes to individuals who wish to learn English or want to earn their State of Florida high school diploma by passing the General Education Development (GED) examination.

“Students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program come from countries all over the world,” said Courtney Green, director of Adult Education and Technical Dual Enrollment at SFSC. “Many of them are professionals in their own countries but chose to come to the United States seeking new opportunities.”

“Students in the GED preparation program come to SFSC to obtain their State of Florida high school diploma after passing their GED examination,” she said. “Students are comprised of individuals who have been home schooled, desire to progress faster, or had a disruption in their education due to life circumstances preventing them from continuing on the traditional educational path.”

For more information about SFSC’s Adult Education programs, call 863-784-7441 or email Kelly.sweet@southflorida.edu.