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I enjoyed your opinion so much! At my present school, I don't teach immigrants, but I do teach economically disadvantaged/homeless children. Yes, fringe people. The assumption is always made that they can't write. Somehow their situation keeps them from writing even though they can speak coherently. I love when they are allowed to leave the formulaic writing........topic sentence...detail sentences...closing sentence.. and just tell it like it is. We ALL have so much to offer, if we just listen....or just read.