Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 8, 2012

Schools facing language barrier use students for translation

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The Morris curriculum also blends online and real-world teaching.

These days, the school created for failing students is increasingly popular among those in Dalton Public Schools who like its classes and programs.

The Morris student translators are also helping give the school exposure in the community. They've worked at a health fare and will have opportunities to work with a local carpet manufacturer and in a college admissions office. Students will also shadow translators at a local hospital.

The program is still in its first year, but Roan Elementary School Principal Cindy Parrott said the student translators have proven themselves.

"We started using them earlier this year, when they came over for a couple of hours to help with the conferences," she said. "After a while, we didn't even have to explain things to them anymore. They picked up the educational vocabulary and didn't need a lot of assistance."

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Details for this story were reported by The Daily Citizen in Dalton, Ga.

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