From impact to enrichment: lessons learned in Florida on teaching English as a second language in the Public High School setting
George L. Iber
Norma Martín Gooner
Richard Moreno
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Resumen

The state of Florida, USA: a veritable example of cultural diversity and language amalgam that has been the subject of numerous studies.  Some of these studies focus on how the educational system has dealt and is dealing with a sudden and massive influx of immigrants who bring with them the diversity that is reflected in its school systems. Some would think that the history of this cultural and language diversity dates to the 1960’s with the influx of Cuban, Haitian, Central, and South American immigrants. The state, and specifically South Florida, they would say, was severely “impacted” by this influx. However, the manner in which the state and its educational institutions reacted to this impact has brought enrichment, often mixed with hardship.
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