English classes for foreign-born adults seeing increased demand

Stagnant funding means free city ESL classes struggle to find space for new students
Sunday, March 9, 2008 | 12:43 p.m. CDT; updated 10:54 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sitting two seats from each other in a classroom at Douglass High School, Markus Zegels of Germany and Temesgen Kifle of Eritrea speak in the language they share: English. Zegels dominates the conversation, speaking freely about the United States and his home country. Kifle, a refugee, is quieter but nods and smiles at Zegels’ conversation.