Demand for ESL classes far exceeds openings

HELPING HAND: Amanda Hanley, right, transition councilor for Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning, assists Esther Alvarez, of Woonsocket, as part of an adult-education class for workers learning English skills. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL
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HELPING HAND: Amanda Hanley, right, transition councilor for Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning, assists Esther Alvarez, of Woonsocket, as part of an adult-education class for workers learning English skills. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL
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More than half of the 6,000 adults in Rhode Island taking part in adult-education classes are trying to improve their English-language skills. But the demand is far greater. The R.I. Department of Education has a waiting list of almost 1,000 people, most of whom are waiting for English as a Second Language classes. Against this…
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