As she sits down, she starts smiling. It is an innocent smile, but I can’t quite understand whether it is for excitement or nervousness. She covers her face and giggles underneath her hands. She waits for me to start asking questions. She states her full name, Maricel Yvette Montalvo Rodriguez, moved to the United States from Puerto Rico in 2010 at the age of six. She was already fluent in Spanish when she came to the states . As she started school, she was enrolled into the English immersion program. The program was to help her learn English as a second language. She took the program for about two years to enhance her skills of speaking, reading, and writing English. After finishing the program, she was enrolled in regular classes. Maricel did gain enough skills to be a fluent English speaker but, she lost her ability to read and write in her native language. She finishes talking, and stares at her friend.
Her friend stares back at Maricel, confused why she was looking at her and not me. She states her full name with a serious face, Hannah Kabura Kariuki, born and raised in Kenya, a country with Swahili speakers. In 2009, Hannah moved to the States; at the age of five, she was also enrolled in the English Immersion program as a kindergartner. Hannah was fluent in Swahili, with a year and a half of the program, it provided her the English skills she needed in order to be enrolled in regular classes. Unfortunately, today Hannah cannot read, write nor speak fluent Swahili.
English has always been a unofficial preferred language in the United States. Historically it has never been a, “monolinguistic country” (Driscoll 1). Over the years United States has experienced a lot of cultural diversity even though it, "has not appreciated l...
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...l education. Most colleges and career stress on the idea of bilingual education, because of the skills one will eventually need in the real world.
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