In 2012, there were nearly 41 million immigrants living in the United States, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

This is a historic high for the “country of immigrants.” 

The state in which more immigrants choose to live than any of the other 49 states of the U.S.A. is California, which had 10.3 million immigrants (27% of the state’s total population) in 2012.

The activities and assignments on this site were developed for adult immigrants who have goals to transition to academic or career and technical study at a California community college or to obtain employment.

Students who use the site practice their English skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through some of the following tasks:

  • learn about the American education system, comparing it to another they know well
  • find out about careers that may be good for them
  • fill out a college application
  • use the Web to find job openings
  • fill out a job application

Students can start with the American Education tab and complete all activities in the Transitions Learning Units or be assigned to any of the other areas (Careers, College, or Work), as determined to best suit the students' needs.

The student self-progress tracker can be downloaded, printed, and used by students to log and monitor their learning.

Student Progress Tracker: Transitions Learning Units

Permission is granted to teachers to use and modify the site materials with attribution to Kristi Reyes.


Immigrants come to the United States for many reasons: better opportunities for themselves and their children, education, work, economics, family unification, even adventure.

For adult immigrants, learning English is a top priority for helping them achieve their goals. 

A common goal for many adult immigrants is to secure a rewarding and well-paid job.  In order to obtain such employment, additional training or education is necessary.

As the graphic at the above shows, with more education comes higher pay, and with higher pay come financial freedom and security and economic stability for oneself and one's family.

Education is the key that opens the doors to opportunities.

Start your learning with the American Education Learning Unit.