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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