Immigrants from Salvador find it Difficult to Speak in English in US Schools
Salvador citizen called Kevin, who experienced a journey full of hurdles to reach United States, is now facing another problem i.e. how to speak English. The 19-year-old Kevin and undocumented immigrant from famous EI Salvador is facing another set of problems when he arrived in US last year and joined a school.
His classmates first laughed at him when he tries to speak at his hesitant English, and then his teachers look at him with puzzled eyes. Teachers too find it difficult to understand what he wants to say at halting English. It has created an embarrassing situation for Kevin.
The teenager student is one of the total 200 students officially enrolled in the first semester International Academy for US English at Columbia’s Local Cardozo Education campus. It is a school within an education institute established especially for students who came to US within the past eighteen months.
The successes and struggles of Cardozo’s current arrived students as well as English-learner have created a mess for the students. Students, who entered in the US crossing the US-Mexico border, enrolled themselves in American English speaking classrooms.
The foreign students, most with yearlong gaps in their own formal education are finding it difficult to communicate with other native students in America. “We’ve noticed this situation in many schools throughout the country, we are trying to make things normal so that there could be no difference between a native student an immigrant student in any of US schools,” said an official at Education Department of USA.