Maine District Deals with Challenges of 25 Different Languages

Friday, February 22, 2013

David Moisan’s middle school language arts class seems fairly typical: Nine students read out of short chapter books and play computer games aimed at aiding literacy.

The big difference is that these students are from all over the world and are studying English as their second language.

Westbrook schools have 25 different languages spoken throughout the district, including Persian, Somali, and the most widely spoken, Arabic. A snapshot from the Maine Department of Education shows Cumberland County has the most language diversity in the state, with 66 languages spoken throughout the public school systems.

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