Learning continues

Today we were given the afternoon off to explore the plaza and different mercados in Cuenavaca. The plaza always seems filled with people with vendors and entertainers. The mercado I visited which is next to the Hernando Cortes palace/museum was filled with a variety of wares. It also gave me an opportunity to talk in Spanish without anyone else with me. It is frustrating and a bit frightening at times to not know the language well enough to communicate what I’m thinking.  The emotional part of me wants to be able to understand and speak the language right now. However, the intellectual part of me understands it takes years to master a language and that immersion in the language is the best way to learn it.  If only we could all go live in the country of the language we were studying…

Overall, this gives me a sense of what it must be like for the students who come into our schools from another country only speaking their native language.  And, we treat students who speak languages other than English is different ways.  The learning continues…

1 Response to “Learning continues”

  1. 1 L C July 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Generally, children with language barriers are expected to have even a fundamental understanding of the English language before they can enter school. There are ESOL teachers in most public schools these days, which I think shows a real willingness on America’s behalf to open themselves up to greater diversity, and an influx of students who are more driven to succeed than some all-American students.

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