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Schools tested by rise in immigrants learning English

from Indianapolis Star

When Mariam Khan was studying to teach English as a new language, she imagined herself teaching children in other countries. Now, roughly a month into her first job, Khan instructs kids from around the world, but she does it from Indianapolis' Westside at School 79. "My hardest group is first-graders," she said. "They speak so many languages and no English. Getting used to the environment is hard for them." The challenge Khan faces — of helping students learning English become fluent quickly enough so they can learn other subjects, pass state tests and prepare for a life in the U.S. — is increasingly common across Central Indiana. more

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