The New York Times reports that as many immigrants begin to settle away from large urban centers, many are waiting months, and in some cases, years for English lessons.  According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, 60 percent of the free English classes in 12 states had waiting lists, ranging from a few months (Colorado) to as long as two years (New Mexico and Massachusetts). The U.S. Department of Education says that in 1995, 1.2 million adults enrolled in public English programs–about 1 in 10 of 10.3 million foreign-born residents over the age of 16…

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/education/27esl.html?ex=1173243600&en=af4360332c5f2f43&ei=5070&emc=eta1