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School overcomes obstacles with the language of learning

from The Tampa Tribune

When they started their lives as elementary school students in the U.S., they were no different from any of the other kids at Bellamy Elementary School in Florida. It was a whole new world, one with challenges and new experiences. But, at Bellamy, many of the incoming students don't speak a word of English. All Hillsborough County public schools have non-English-speaking kids enter every year, but Bellamy is a little different. The school has students, parents and staff from 37 different countries and they can speak about 19 different languages. The kids who enter Bellamy without much command of the English language might be scared, but it's a challenge that ESOL Resources Director Monica Roehm understands. more


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