• Candelaria Lopez responds to questions during a news interview Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Middletown, N.Y. Lopez takes part in a unique english language learning program being offered by New York state is giving some immigrants a different way to learn - through phone calls and text messages. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    NY program uses phone calls, text messages to teach English

    NEW YORK (AP) — Candelaria Lopez had tried to learn English before, but it didn’t work. She couldn’t always make it to class, and when she could, it was hard to find the energy to sit through a three-hour session after her long days as a farmworker in the Hudson Valley region. So even after 20 years in the United States, the Mexican immigrant was still pretty much comfortable only saying “Hi.”