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A Conversation With MacArthur Fellow Writer Yiyun Li

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By Vanessa Wang Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to America in 1996 to pursue a PhD in immunology. But instead of completing the PhD program, she discovered her love for writing and joined the prestigious Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. “English is not my first language, but it is my first writing language,” Li tells us. “It was partly …

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Literacy at the Library: Montgomery County Literacy Council Helps New Immigrants Improve Language Skills

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By Jenny Chen ALL PHOTOS COURTESY of STEPHANIE WILLIAMS and LCMC It’s Saturday morning and Quince Orchard Library is bustling. Kids dressed in their karate uniforms are running around, stopping occasionally to look at the pictures in Flora and Ulysses or tapping out a game at the computer section. High school students are studying for SATs in between catching up …

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7 Tips to Help Your ESL Student Thrive

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According to the National Council of Teachers of English, English Language Learners (ELL), also known as ESL (English as a Second Language), are the fastest growing population within the student community. Learning English can be a tough endeavor so we asked experts across the country what their top tips are. 1. Be patient and adjust expectations – Learning a new …

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