She thinks if you are in America you should be speaking English and if students are learning another language in school it takes time away from other curriculum. During the San Francisco School Board meeting, many people shared their thoughts having all San Francisco public schools students become bilingual. Dr. Ling-chi Wang, a scholar and activist, shared that knowing a second language stimulates and enhances learning in other subjects. Another man mentioned how only knowing English places limits on his job (ie. business). The business industry can be worldwide and not knowing a second language can create obstacles for people to do
Fortunately, Richard had encouraging teachers jumpstarted his English learning curriculum so he would be better equip to interact within his community. As he started becoming more and more fluent in English, his native Spanish language started to drift. Richard began to realize that the connection at home slowly dwindled away as he was increasing his English speaking at school. Richard began to sense a lack of safety in his own home. His involvement in public conversation; using his newly learned language, effected his life so much to the point where he had to choose between
The languages shift depending on the person I am talking to. When I am speaking with my parents, I would only speak Spanish. When I am presenting, participating, or talking to a teacher I speak English. When I am speaking with my friends or people who know both languages and are familiar with Spanglish that is when I would use it. Being able to shift my languages and balance them out, I become a more bilingual person as my ability to speak the languages get stronger.
Tenorio states, “I changed my bulletin boards and literacy activities to correspond the holidays, and proudly integrated the activities into our daily lessons. We learned about our “differences” and celebrate our “similarities” (p. 25). I do believe that if the students talked and learned more about themselves and where they come from, there would be less fighting and arguing when they break up into groups that their friends are not
I only had to take ESOL until the third grade but since english was not my first language i still talked with a strong accent. I had to do speech therapy until the eighth grade. that is where the problems started occurring. In middle school many people picked on me because i was different. i had an accent so they would make fun of me by mimicking my accent, my voice was fairly high pitched too so that did not help at all.
I am also shy, which prevents me from talking to other people in Spanish. As a last point, I have lost and am trying to regain my language because of the teachers and
When Donny is performing poorly at school, the school contacts his parents to attend a conference to discuss Donny’s behavior. Tyler portrays irony with the character of Donny’s mother, Daisy, as Daisy herself is a former school teacher, so it is ironic that her child is failing at school as she should know better than other parents how best to help her child succeed academically. Daisy tells the principal that they are concerned about Donny, but that “he tells us he doesn’t have any homework or he did it all in study hall. How are we to know what to believe?” (3).
It came to a point where it did not matter whether I was in school or not, because at the end everything was about basic stereotype and discrimination of my race. I even experienced discrimination by my teacher, which is not something a role model of students should be like. Looking back on it now I distinctly remember a few moments when I felt my teacher treated me with a discriminatory manner. Having only been in a Spanish school for two years, the language barrier was still a challenging obstacle for me up to that moment. Not knowing the language thoroughly became an impediment to learning and strained my relationship with my teacher.
Jon looked confused as he looks towards me and his mom. His mom then shook her head, gave a big sigh, and went back inside the church, all disappointed. In Lisa Kanae’s book, Sista Tongue, it tells about how she helps out her little brother with his English in the outside world while keeping the Pidgin language inside at home. Apparently all the kids at her brother’s school are teasing him just because he got a hard time speaking and understanding English.
Sam then has a parent-teacher conference since Lucy is holding back in class and doesn’t want to advance, as to not leave him behind. When Lucy pretends she does not know how to say a word because she does not want to be smarter than her father, Sam tells her that her reading makes him happy. This exchange illustrates how different Sam and Lucy’s relationship is from the typical father-daughter relationship, instead of him helping her in school work, she has to learn by herself. Sam has a job at Starbucks cleaning tables that he has held for eight years showing that he is capable and hardworking human being. But once Sam finally receives
In Central America, some parents leave their children, and set out a journey to the United States in hopes of making a better life for them. Throughout the years, the children who are left behind eventually go on a journey to be reunited with their family. On the journey, the children acquire many character traits and skills that ultimately make them grow as a person. In the book by Sonia Nazario titled Enrique’s Journey, author Nazario writes about Enrique, a young Honduran boy, who goes on a long and strenuous trip to find his mother. In the article “Desperate Voyagers,” by Ioan Grillo, it talks on the subject of children fleeing their country due to gang violence.
Hunger of Memory is a memoir of the educational experience of Richard Rodriguez and his journey as a first generation Mexican- American citizen. The book is compiled of a prologue, in which he states his reasons for writing, and six chapters with no specific chronological order. Richard Rodriguez grew up in a white, middle-class neighborhood and attended a Catholic school. He describes his early childhood as a war between his “public” and “private life”: a war between school and home. He struggled when he first started school, because English was his second language and he felt insecure about his shaky ability to communicate through it.
The power of language We all have some form of language limitations, no matter where we come from and what our background is. “Mother tongue” by Amy Tan and “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua both share similar themes in their stories that demonstrate how they both deal with how different forms of the same language are portrayed in society. In both stories they speak about what society declares the right way of speech and having to face prejudgment, the two authors share their personal experiences of how they’ve dealt with it.