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Media: Liberty Post: Learn English Judge Tells Moms

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: Los Angeles Times, Feb.14, 2005

Learn English, Judge Tells Moms A Tennessee jurist who has ordered mothers
to take language lessons wins the praise of some locals but raises alarm
among rights advocates.

By Ellen Barry Times Staff Writer

LEBANON, Tenn. — A judge hearing child abuse and neglect cases in Tennessee
has given an unusual instruction to some immigrant mothers who have come
before him: Learn English, or else.

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=85006

Karen Chung
http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
http://lists.topica.com/lists/phonetics/
Issue Number: 16.799
Date Posted: March 15, 2005

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