Classes Difficult for Some ESOL Students
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At Blair High School there
are many ESOL students who feel uncomfortable being in non-ESOL classes. Some
of those classes are geometry, biology, horticulture, and government.
Some of these classes are more difficult because of the complicated words they
use. “I don’t even know some words in my own language. I know even
less in English,” Jacqueline, a 12th grade student said.
Many of the students are in ESOL level 3 or 4,
but they still think that those classes are hard. “In those classes there
are no ESOL students who I can talk to. [If we are] students together, we can
help each other,” she added.
Sometimes there is an environment with too much tension for ESOL students. There
are students and teachers who sometimes make fun of the students’ accents
or mistakes that they make. “Sometimes I’m afraid to give my own
opinion because I don’t like anybody to laugh at me, ” one student
There are students that are so afraid of those
non-ESOL classes that they stop coming to school. “I don’t like
not understanding anything in my classes and being afraid that my teacher will
ask me something I can’t answer,” said a senior who did not want
her name used. “My non-ESOL classes are so difficult for me that I chose
the option to not go to school anymore.”
But not all the ESOL students are complaining
about their classes. Some of them like to be in regular English classes because
they have a new experience, learning new words. Also they improve their English
skills, speaking it, understanding it, and writing it better. According to senior
Maria Torres, “Being in regular classes is a way to show my English skills
about how have I learned English during the time I have been here.”
But some students take more time doing the work in those classes and they are
still having problems. Some teachers give students a lot of help. “I encourage
them to come for academic support so I can work with them individually,”
said Ms. Goldberg, a biology teacher who has many ESOL students in her classes.
Fortunately ESOL students have the support from
their teachers or go to the ESOL academic support. ESOL students hope that someday,
they will be able to have perfect English pronunciation, understanding and writing.
“In the future I won’t need a bilingual dictionary next to my hand,”