Language pros help foreign doctors speak English more clearly

November 12, 2008

DALLAS, TX–Karen Yates has a discerning ear. A language specialist, she hears native Chinese speakers learning English failing to pronounce the consonants at the end of their syllables, so they’ll say “blah” instead of “blood.” Indian speakers, she says, often reverse “W” and “V” and, as a result, “heart valve” becomes “heart wow.” It’s precisely these kinds of language issues full story
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Dallas ISD chief Hinojosa says bilingual teachers ‘protected’

October 23, 2008

DALLAS, TX–Dallas schools superintendent Michael Hinojosa said today that bilingual teachers were largely protected from recent layoffs because of the district’s student population. Students with limited proficiency in English now number 53,785 in the Dallas Independent School District, or 34 percent of total enrollment. full story