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Adult ESL classes start

Briefly In Education

September 30, 2010

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Adult Education Program and La Playa Center are now offering free adult English-as-a-Second Language classes.

The classes are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Laguna Beach High. The classroom is located on the second floor building behind the swimming pool on Park Ave., which can be accessed from the path to the right of the pool.

Classes are also held from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays at the Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

Students may attend any or all of the classes. Enroll with the instructor in the classroom.

Multi-lingual book author signing

Patricia Paigerac, author of Chimmy "5in1," a children's book that provides useful knowledge for family traveling and diversity in communicating with others, through the story of a cartoon monkey who teaches five languages in an entertaining and colorful manner, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday at Latitude 33 Book Shop, 311 Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach.

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"My quest is to reach out to children and prepare them with an advantage in language fluency at a young age, in order to initiate a desire to keep learning cultural importance," Paigerac said.

A licensed medical esthetician and a mother of a 28-year-old son, Paigerac speaks French, Italian and English fluently and is learning Spanish. Her son could speak French and Italian fluently at a young age, and by the time he was 17, was also fluent in Spanish and English.

Paigerac said she believes that her son's knowledge of these different languages has played a major role in his personal and professional success, and she wants to share that same opportunity for all children.

For more information, call (949) 494-5403.

College round up this week

Laguna Beach High School's annual College Round Up event, which draws representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the North Gym.

Organized by the school's Guidance and Counseling team, the event aims to help students and their families learn about dorm life, college majors and other pertinent college information as students are considering their postsecondary educational choices.

Students and families will have the opportunity to speak with representatives who will answer questions about admission requirements, availability of on-campus housing, areas of study, athletics, scholarships, financial aid and any other questions regarding the college experience.

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