Coming to the U.S.A by Taylor Buffington

Many New Americans leave wherever it is they are from and come to the United States in search of a better life. New Americans come to the United States from all over the world. Some of them even come from as close as our neighboring countries like Canada and Mexico. There are some situations when New Americans come to the United States and they have no idea how to speak the language or what our customs are like. As someone with a small learning disability I have learned that learning some things can be rather difficult. I can only imagine how these New Americans feel trying to learn all kinds of new customs.

According to, there is a high level of violence in Juarez Mexico. Due to that high level of violence many families are moving to El Paso, Texas which is right over the Mexican border in order to get away. Granted these people come to the United States in hopes of possibly having a better life. When an immigrant comes to the United States they can’t speak English and therefore can’t communicate with others at all. In many schools around the country there are students who don’t speak English very well and it seems as though they just can’t fit in no matter how hard they try. Many people would feel terrible for those kids because there is nothing that can be done to fix those kind of problems. However, there are students and teachers who really want to help those students.

English is quite possibly one of the hardest languages to learn it can take a lot of time to learn it. Knowing the right method is a good thing to know when trying to accomplish a task. There are many different kinds of methods a person could use. Some New American adults still attend school to try to get a better job and a better life for their family. Life tends to throw people curveballs quite a bit. It can be assumed that these New Americans do get quite distracted by certain things. One of the last reasons for it being so hard to learn a new language is because it is very expensive to learn. Taking classes can cost a lot of money. The Rosetta Stone program which is another way of learning a new language which can be quite expensive. It cost $399. The Rosetta Stone is a decent way of learning a new language, but it seems with it there are very limited options of what you can learn. There are many reasons for why New Americans are not able to learn English.


One case featuring New Americans that is a little more local is happening in Erie Pennsylvania at one of the high schools. According to the East High School web site, there are 900 students in the high school and close to 300 of those students are English language learners. Last semester I did an internship that took place at east high school. In the main entrance they had maps of many countries from around the world. I was curious as to why all of those maps were there. Later I learned east high has a very diverse group of students.

New Americans lack of English seems to be one of the top problems. Language barrier is definitely a problem. It is even seen today among some of the professional athletes that come from other countries who need a translator to help them speak English in there interviews because they have a difficult time trying to speak or they just can’t do it.

The Erie public school systems offer some programs to help English language learners. This is a good way of learning. The main goal of the English language learners program is to help the students be successful in an English speaking environment. The students are provided an instructor to help develop skills in things like mathematics, science, speaking, reading and listening.

Some of the people to talk to in this scenario about the schools are the people who work in the Erie school systems. Some of the things to ask them about are the kinds of programs that are available for the students who are English Language Learners.

Somehow someway New Americans are going to have try to make the best of what they can with the language they speak. Coming here to The United States is quite challenging. I wish for the best in all of the New Americans in the United States.

Being a New American has a lot of challenges just like everything else in life. Coming to a world where everything is unfamiliar is quite the challenge for any human being on the planet. Many of the New Americans don’t come to The United States by choice. Hopefully there are some ways in the future to help make coming to The United States easier and better.


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