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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Some say English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, but Grayson College is trying to change that reputation, by making it more fun.

Cindy Stephens teaches Intensive English courses.

She's known to have her students watch news stories to help them understand different dialects, but now she's stepping up their conversation skills in a fun new way.

 Learning English as a second language can be a difficult task.

"Of course I want to know how to read and to write," said student, Najla Marrouche.

But it's a task many people take on, for many different reasons.

"I think it's important to speak English and it's more important to me because I want to live here in the future," student Jorge Cid.

Like Hababa who says education opportunities end for women around the age of 14 in Bangladesh.

She hopes to some day move back and teach English to elementary kids.

 "I just want to learn English fluent, I can talk fluently English and I can write and understand," student, Hababa Tanvir said.

These students are taking an Intensive English class at Grayson College, and their teacher Cindy Stephens likes to get creative with their lessons.

Enter stage left, theater majors, Mason Butler and Nathan Owen.

"I want them to be able to interact in all kinds of situations, that's their goal if they want to be in a college listening to teachers and other students," said Stephens.

The actors took a break from rehearsing for their performance in Treasure Island to converse in character with the students who are studying the play.

"They say English is very hard to learn and I was so surprised at how well they are, how well they spoke English, I understood pretty much everything they said," said actor, Nathan Owen.

"Anytime I can introduce a different speaker and they have to train their ear to hear, I am working toward that," said Stephens.

It's a method her students really enjoy, on the way to reaching their goals.

"I came here because the political situation in my country is real bad right now, and I believe here is the best place in the world," said Cid.

Treasure Island will be performed at the Cruce Stark Auditorium on February 20, 21, 22 at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

It's a kid friendly play. Tickets are $2.00, and performances are open to the public.