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Columbia's English language learners program grows with demand

from Columbia Missourian

Sixth-graders at Smithton Middle School are required to take a test to identify all the parts of a sewing machine so they know how the machine works when they use it. For English language learner Bohang, who comes from China, the task was daunting. Words such as "spool" and "thread" and other sewing jargon are about as useful to a second language as "fishing lure" or "rolling pin." Bohang's home economics teacher emailed Becca Stock — Bohang's English Language Learners, or ELL, instructor — and told her Bohang would likely fail the quiz. Stock did not accept that. She knew Bohang was smart enough to pass the quiz. She knew she just needed to find a way to present the information to him. more

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