Friday, December 16, 2005

New residents of all ages find ways to polish their English skills

Renton Reporter: Colleges around the region also offer classes for English Language Learners.
At Renton Technical College, demand for the classes has been strong, said John Chadwick, the school's dean of basic studies.
Most of RTC's ESL students are 25 to 44 years old, which reflects statewide figures for postsecondary education. The majority of those - 37 percent - are white, and 24 percent are Hispanic.
Chadwick said the largest increase has been in the number of Hispanic, Russian and Ukrainian ESL students attending the school.
"We've tried to really respond to the need," he said. "I started in April of last year. When it came to fall quarter, I had a waiting list of 440 ESL students."

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