Springfield City Schools offering free English language classes for parents

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield City Schools is now offering English as a Second Language classes for parents.

The district said this comes as more than a thousand students do not speak English as their first language.

This is around 14 percent of the total student population.

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The pilot adult ESOL courses will be taught biweekly in the evenings in a 10-week session, according to the district.

The courses will be taught at no cost.

A dozen adults are already enrolled with the waitlist growing.

A second level of the program is planned for the winter so that adults in the pilot course may continue their learning.

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