ESL helps bilingual business succeed

This article originally appeared in the Delaware Business Ledger.

by Beverly Stewart

Compressed ESLWe all know that the mid-Atlantic, and indeed the entire U.S., is becoming more diverse. In 2003 nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born. The 2000 Census found that nearly 18 percent of the population over age 5 speaks a language other than English at home, and close to half of them reported that they speak English “less than very well.”

That language gap offers both challenges and opportunities to business owners. Foreign-born workers will account for about half of the growth in America’s working-age population …