Tag Archives: English as a Second Language

Barsamian, Kadriye U. – OH1999

Kadriye Barsamian immigrated to the United States fourteen years ago from her native Turkey. At first she was taken aback by Boulder’s smallness compared to Ankara, which has seven million people. She has come to love the quiet, cleanliness, and … Continue reading

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Velasco, Maria – OH1901

Maria Velasco is a program director at Intercambio de Communidades, a program that offers volunteer-taught English classes for adult immigrants, classes and workshops on life skills and citizenship, and cultural trainings and events for all community members. Maria is responsible … Continue reading

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DeLuna, Deisy – OH1871

Deisy de Luna was born in Mexico and lived there until she was eleven years old.  Her grandparents had come to work in this country through the Braceros Program, and later, her father worked in the United States as well, … Continue reading

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Casas Ibarra, Ana Karina – OH1870

Ana Karina Casas was born in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. She came to the United Sates when she was 11 with her younger brothers and her mother, who was escaping from an abusive marriage. She describes vividly the … Continue reading

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Melgoza, Emmanuel – OH 1863

Emmanuel Melgoza was born in Mexico and moved to Colorado when he was in 3rd grade.  After attending elementary and middle school in the Denver area, he was part of an International Baccalaureate program in high school.  At the time … Continue reading

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Vayshenker, Peter – OH1397

People: John Holmberg, Beth Palmer, Igor Vayshenker   Places: Boulder   Topics: immigration to the United States from Russia, learning to speak English, comparison of the United States and Boulder with Russia and the Soviet Union (housing, education system, cultural … Continue reading

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Perez-Mendez, Clara – OH1289

PEOPLE: Audrey Fishman Franklin, Susan Moore, Arty Dixon, Alejandro Perez, Esther Blazon, Betsey Raider PLACES: Boulder, Longmont SUBJECTS: family background and childhood in the border town of Tijuana (Mexico), move to the United States in 1975, learning to speak English … Continue reading

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Hoegh, Janis – OH1822

Jan Hoegh worked with the group Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ), helping resettle immigrants from the former Soviet Union, mainly from Tajikistan, to Boulder. She helped to gather furniture for apartments for the immigrants, picked them up at the … Continue reading

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Ory, Cathryn J. – OH1749

From 1993 to 2004, Cathy Ory worked as an English as a Second Language tutor with two families of Soviet Jewish immigrants who had been resettled in Boulder by the group Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry. She helped family members … Continue reading

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Landman, Mikhail – OH1711

Mikhail Landman grew up in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and emigrated to the United States in 1991. He describes his family’s experiences during World War II, his childhood and education in the Soviet Union, the development of his Jewish identity, and his … Continue reading

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