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Vancouver: Cent and Students

vancouver: That's a huge change in a short space of time, according to Vancouver Courier. Six years ago, ELL students made up about 15 per cent of students in the primary grades. English language learners now make up about 40 per cent of the Grade 1 students and 37 per cent of kindergarten students in the West Vancouver school district.article continues below Trending Stories Elderly woman, three men stabbed in unprovoked DTES attacks; suspect in custody Fentanyl drug crisis could cost Vancouver property owners more in taxB.C. Housing pledges to fix problems at low-income rentals Gangs reunited a very strange East Van nightrelated Vancouver's only Mandarin bilingual program celebrates first graduating class Numbers in grades 2 and 3 are only slightly lower, at about 31 per cent. Students who are learning English at the same time they're learning other academic subjects in West Vancouver public schools now number 1,166 or 23 per cent of the school population, including international students. In the elementary grades overall, about 28 per cent of students receive English language support, said Maria Yioldassis, ELL co-ordinator for West Vancouver Schools. Numbers of English language learners are up almost six per cent this year over the past year in the school district, following a similar increase the year before. ( As reported in the news.