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October 16, 2003

Teach English in 200 Languages

The Washington Times ran an article this week about the growing numbers of ESL students attending schools in and around the capital. Currently such students attending schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia speak a total of 200 different languages. In some districts more than 10% of students are enrolled in bilingual programs. One reason for the number of non-native English speaking students in regular classes is the No Child Left Behind Act, enacted by the Bush administration. The act requires ESL students to be placed in mainstream classes as soon as possible and be subject to the same standardized testing as native-speaking students. There has been considerable controversy in recent years regarding this immersion approach as opposed to a dual-language curriculum.
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