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ESL students on the rise

from Star Beacon

Angel Cintron and Iannys and Dennis Rosa clearly remember their first day of school in America. It was last August at the Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary Campus. It seemed like everyone was meeting up with friends but them. It was scary, they said. Coming from Puerto Rico, the children — ages 5, 11 and 9 — knew only a few phrases in English. The rest was gibberish to their ears. They were overwhelmed, but they weren't alone. Immigrants and refugees from Mexico, Honduras, Philippines, Albania and their native country had also entered the English as a second language program at Ashtabula Area City Schools, and they clung to them while trying to keep up with the fast-paced American classrooms. more

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