San Diego students celebrated for achieving English language fluency

07/9/2010 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Some students at San Diego's Hardy Elementary School attended a ceremony where they were honored for being reclassified from English language learners to achieving English fluency. Slightly more than 10% of San Diego County's 37,147 English language learners -- about 80% of whom speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali or Filipino-Tagalog at home -- achieved reclassification this year. "Our message is not, 'Yeah, English is the best language in the world.' Our message is, 'Yeah, you know two languages, you rock,'" the school's principal said.

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