Graduation Speech : An English Language Learner Essay

837 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Our son was initially classified as an English Language Learner since he was born in Thailand and the first words he learned were in Thai. I was overseas in the Army when my son attended preschool. My son primarily spoke Thai with his mother at home at that time. In kindergarten in Maryland my son had an ESL teacher who tutored him and a few of his classmates several times a week. When we moved back to Delaware, my son tested out of ESL when he enrolled in first grade. For this post, I interviewed my wife who grew up in Thailand about her experience enrolling our son in public school and how this experience compares to her experience in elementary school in Thailand both as a child and later as a Math teacher. My wife says felt comfortable when she visited the public school where our son attended his first public school. This school was an Anne Arundel County Public School, but it was located on a US Army base in Fort Meade, Maryland. The teachers and administration were very sensitive to the needs of children of service members. My wife says she did not participate at our son’s first public school since she do not have a car at that time. She depended on the school bus to take our son to and from school. Now that she was access to a car, she volunteers once a week to help our son’s third-grade teacher by making photocopies and filing papers. In both Maryland and Delaware, my wife says she had the information she needed to participate at school, but without transportation…

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