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Lessons in diversity

About 650 students took classes in the program’s ESL and adult basic education programs in the 2011 fall semester. They came from 34 countries and spoke these languages:

Portuguese: 68 percent

Spanish: 15 percent

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Chinese: 8 percent

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Russian: 3 percent

French: 1.5 percent

18 other languages: less than 1 percent

Source: Framingham Adult English as a Second Language Plus