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ESL students learn English, keep pride in their culture

from The Marion Star

Their words slipping in front of and behind each other's, the trio of third-grade students excitedly told the story of John Merrick, the English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity in the late 1800s before he died as a result of his condition. "It's very sad," Francisco Flores said somberly, after joining Noelia Morales and Ashley Martinez in sharing facts about Merrick, whose real name, historians say, was Joseph Merrick. The 8-year-old classmates said reading stories that they're interested in helps them learn how to read, speak and understand English. more

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