Refugees to Become ESL Students

By: Andrew Fefer
By: Andrew Fefer

Of the hundreds of Hmong refugees who will be moving here from Thailand, more than half will be 18 or younger.

That means school leaders in the Wausau area are preparing for those kids to take “English As A Second Language” courses.

In the D.C. Everest District, they're expecting 40 new students out of the group.

However, with 11 different flights bringing nearly 380 refugees to our area, they don't expect to make any major changes to the way they offer the courses.

"Based on the numbers and distribution of the ages, there will probably only be one or two students per grade in terms of impact," Assistant Superintendent Tom Owens said.

He expects nearly all of the refugee students to need the ESL training.

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