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Albemarle ESL Program Welcomes International Students

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Foreign teenagers in this country may experience extreme culture shock and language barriers. But Albemarle County Public Schools is breaking down those barriers with a summer program geared to improve language skills and help acclimate students.

Teachers in the English as a Second Language program are guiding students around Albemarle County so they will learn about and feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.

The International Rescue Committee brought the seven students to Albemarle County from places like Burma, Thailand, El Salvador and Iraq. Eve Soloman, one of the program's teachers,spends three days a week helping the students feel more comfortable.

"This summer we've had awonderful opportunity to put project-based instruction to work, to travel anddo whatever we could do to understand the premise of our culture and to tie ourculture into their culture," Soloman said.

Some of the students said their favorite place so far has been Monticello. Others said they found Albemarle Circuit Court exciting because it is the only court in the country where three presidents practiced law. Wednesday, the students toured the University of Virginia and got to check out the Rotunda.

The summer program ends this week.

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