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Literacy initiative launches for refugees in Lewiston

1:54 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Maine schools have been working with a growing refugee population for more than a decade and at the core of refugee education is learning the English language. 

There have been many approaches to English education over the years but a new program tested in Portland was proven to be so successful, it's being picked up in other parts of the state.

Walmart and Hudson Foundation's investing $40,000 in pilot program to provide much needed English Language classes for immigrants and refugees in the community of Lewiston.

LearningWorks, in partnership, is setting up family-based English Language classes for immigrants and refugees. The model, based on a Barbara Bush funded program in Portland, has seen remarkable success with 80 percent of adults and 100 percent of children advancing a full grade level or more after at least 100 hours of instruction.

Teyonda Hall told us about what sets this program apart from others.

For more information about the application, contact LearningWorks.

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