Somaliland: Somali among 25 Languages Spoken at Garden City High School Kansas

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Somalilandsun: Early last century, Garden City welcomed strangers from afar. Coming to this western frontier meant a stop on the railroad or a treacherous ride on a covered wagon.

Today, immigrants come by car and plane, but the welcome mat is still there — especially at Garden City High School where more than 25 languages are spoken by more than 1,960 students who came to this western Kansas city from 28 countries.

“One of the biggest changes is in the different nationalities here,” said Kim Steele, the English as a second language (ESL) department leader at GCHS. “When I first came to Garden City (more than 30 years ago), it was mostly Spanish and Vietnamese.”

continue reading Students Flourish in Garden City High School ESL classes

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