The 1.3 million students in public schools throughout Los Angeles County speak more than 80 languages, according to the county Office of Education.
An April, 1988 survey found 293,850 of those children had limited English skills, schools spokeswoman Judy Rambeau said. An additional 275,754 students spoke English well but lived in families in which English was not the main language at home.
Here are the top 10 languages spoken by students with limited English proficiency and the number of speakers:
- Spanish, 241,249. - Korean, 7,133. - Vietnamese, 6,462. - Cambodian, 6,200. - Cantonese, 5,888. - Mandarin, 3,806. - Tagalog, 3,715. - Japanese, 2,176. - Lao, 805. - Portuguese, 442. - All others, 15,974.