Long Waitlists for ESL Classes

Teaching English to immigrants is one the most neglected public policy issues in the country, according to a study released this week by a Washington think tank.

Meanwhile, new poll says 62 percent of Americans think immigrants don't even try to learn English within a reasonable amount of time.

But the demand for English language classes in Massachusetts is so great that there's a three-year waiting list, and state spending to teach English to adults hasn't increased since 2000. More than 200,000 new immigrants have arrived here since then. WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness reports.

This program aired on August 2, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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