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Dozens of languages are spoken by BSD students. Though surely not an exhaustive list (some students speak multiple languages!), the following is a list of home languages, listed by relative frequency:
Nepali Spanish Korean Cantonese
MaayMaay Dinka Russian Kinyarawanda
Vietnamese Chinese Mandingo Pilipino
Somali German Swedish Portuguese
Bosnian Turkish Mandarin Croatian
French Romanian Laotian Portugese
Kirundi Albanian Nuba Khani
Swahili Lingala Tamil (India) Hebrew
Karen Ewe Norwegian Cambodian/Vietnamese
Arabic Mahaa Slovak Moro
Burmese Igbo Serbian Tetela
    Kiswahili Tibetan

Where do ELL students in Burlington come from?
Recent arrivals to BSD came from the following countries:
Bhutan Jordan
Burundi Kenya
Canada Nepal
China Senegal
Congo Somalia
Cuba South Africa
Democratic Republic of Congo Tanzania
Ethiopa Thailand
France Uganda
Haiti USA

What BSD schools have English Language Learners?


Where to look for more information:

Videos on populations in Chittenden County


The following presentations were organized by the BSD’s Diversity and Equity department and feature current and past Multilingual Liaisons presenting historical information as well as current challenges for their community members:


Vietnamese: http://www.cctv.org/watchtv/programs/vietnamese-vermont


Somali Bantu: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/somali-bantu-historical-background-and-vermont-experiences


Congolese: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/congolese-vermont


Bhutanese: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/bhutanese-vermont

Somali Bantu: The following video documents the challenges that families faced during their first months in Vermont: http://vimeo.com/5235682

Other resources to learn about refugee populations:

BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services) backgrounders

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

Cultural Orientation Resource Center backgrounders

Last Updated: 7/27/16