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Media: Article, NY Times: Shortage of ESL Teachers

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ccms.ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: The August 5, 2002 online edition of the New York Times has an
article reporting on a shortage of teachers for bilingual and ESL
classes in the US:

Wave of Pupils Lacking English Strains Schools
By Yilu Zhao

Schools across the country, particularly in rural areas, are
desperately short of people qualified to teach bilingual or
English-as-a-second-language classes.


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However, registration is free, and once the form is completed, the article
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Karen Steffen Chung
National Taiwan University

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Issue Number: 13.2040
Date Posted: August 07, 2002

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