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Speak English?

Get your workers English-proficient and the benefits are legion.

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This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Today's tight job market and vibrant are creatingentry-level jobs often filled by workers whose first languageisn't English. Savvy entrepreneurs are not only tapping intothis rich segment of the pool but also strengthening thevalue of those employees by helping them learn English throughclasses held at work.

The benefits are numerous, says Beth Larson, coordinator of theESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) department atSeminole Community College in Sanford, . The advantages ofhaving employees with improved language skills include:

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