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Ahead of the curve: English language learner program thrives

from Vineyard Gazette

The small hand of fourth grader Victoria DeMatos shot into the air. "I have a question," she said, commanding the attention of the teacher, Shannon Carbon. "Shuns, is it, t-i-o-n-s?" Answering in the affirmative, Carbon began to read aloud the story, The Nights of the Pufflings, which describes the efforts of Icelandic Islanders to care for the puffin chicks that get lost in their village. Words were discussed; hand gestures illustrated their meanings: burrows, speckled, surf, cliff. "When I was learning about mythology, Hera threw her son off a cliff," Emanuelly Nascimento informed her peers in clear English. more


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