Places with language barrier

by Taylor Buffington

Based on what I have picked up there are some places in the Erie area where New Americans may struggle with English. East High School in Erie is a place where learning English is probably a big deal. Learning a new language is probably harder on kids than it is on adults. East High School has so many students that probably need some help.

east

http://www.eriesd.org/east

East High School is a high school located in Erie, Pennsylvania and it has many students who are learning English. I did an internship with a program that took place at East High and in the main entrance of the building there are maps from many countries around the world. During the time of my internship I was curious as to why those maps were there. The map were of far off countries like Iraq and Ethiopia. Upon taking advanced electronic journalism I would learn why the maps were there.

I learned that East High is well known for having cultural diversity. East High has approximately 900 students and of those 900 students 300 of them are English language learners. School can be a very hard place to fit in even for students who already speak English. It is quite hard to imagine how much harder it is for the students who can’t speak English. It is great that students have opportunities to learn English and that there are some people out there that are willing to lend a hand to students who need help learning English.

Advertisements

How to learn English

by Taylor Buffington

In the Erie School districts there are some programs that help the students learn English due to English not being their native language. It is rather difficult to learn English it is maybe the hardest language in the world to learn. Lots of times children are not exactly here in the United States by choice. There are many cases in which children have no choice, but to come here to the United States and they can’t speak English well at all. Some school district do offer programs where that can be helpful.

The Erie public school system has a comprehensive educational program for English language learner (ELL). The main goal of the ELL program is to give students the necessary skills to function successfully in an English speaking environment. In the ELL students are provided with instructions in order to help develop the best skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They are also required to learn science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts.

Seeing students who struggle is quite possibly one of the hardest things there is to watch. In the United States there are many different things that students will struggle with. There are some students who just have a very hard time learning things, but there are also others who just aren’t able to speak English at all. That seems that would be the ultimate challenge as a student when you don’t even know what it is you are learning.

There are many reasons why students don’t learn English. Some of the reasons are it is too difficult, it is expensive, it takes too long and those are just a couple of the reasons. Many of the New Americans that come to the United States are not here by choice and they don’t exactly have a lot of money. It seems many things that are needed in this world are quite expensive. It being difficult seems to be pretty common because nobody wants to do anything that is difficult. The fact that it also takes a lot of time is a good reason. Learning a new language is something that takes a very long time and is not something that can just be done instantly. New Americans don’t exactly have a lot of time on their hands so learning a new language is a great challenge. There are also some New Americans that just don’t see a need in learning a new language.

With some organizations out there to help learn a new language they are some things New Americans definitely need to take advantage of. These programs are something that is needed in order for the New Americans to assimilate and feel more welcome here in the United States.

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 borderzine.com, 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.

 

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-americans-have-reason-to-celebrate-1.876806

 

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. http://www.eriesd.org/EnglishLanguageLearners

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.

Language Barrier in America

 

Throughout the course of advanced electronic journalism talking about New Americans has really got me thinking about what they are and how they live among us. Through a lot of thinking it seems that it is quite difficult for them for them to adjust to our customs. Learning something like a new language is quite difficult. There are so many New Americans living here in the United States and so many of them have a great amount of difficulties fitting in with everybody else. Many of them try to fit in and adjust to what life is like in the United States, but so many of them have a very difficult time doing that. Some things have to be done in order to make them feel more welcome.

Many New Americans leave wherever they are from and come to The United States in search of a better life. New Americans come to from all over the world. Some of them even come from as close as our neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico. The situations sometimes become problematic. There are many situations when New Americans come to The United States and have no idea how to speak the language or what the customs are like. As someone with a small learning disability I have come to understand how difficult it cans be for people to learn things.

According to borderzine.com it says there is a high level of violence in Juarez Mexico. Due to the 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. One of the main problems is language barrier. The problem very often comes u when immigrants come to The United States and it is a big problem especially for children. From a little bit of experience with this kind of thing was in high school there were a handful of student who didn’t speak English very well and it seemed like they just couldn’t fit in no matter how hard they tried. Most people feel terrible for those students and there was nothing that could be done. Being one of those kids that had a hard time fitting in I could kind of relate to those students and I felt they had it much tougher than me.

There are many reasons why New Americans don’t learn a new language. Some of the reasons for them not learning a new language are things like not enough time, not knowing a good method, it’s expensive, it’s difficult, they don’t see a need, they get distracted by other things or there are many other possible reasons. English seems to be one of the hardest languages to learn and with it being so difficult it takes a lot of time and that is something most people don’t have a lot of. 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, but each of them may work a little bit different than the other and may not be quite as effective as some methods are. It does seem there many people see no need in learning a new language. Learning another language can really benefit people especially if you are in a part of the country where there is a high population   of people who speak another language. Getting distracted by other things seems to be a reason why people can’t learn another language. Possible things people can get distracted y are things like family, work, and school. New Americans who are adults get distracted with things like raising their family, working, cooking, cleaning and many other things. Some adult New Americans still attend school trying to get a better job to get a better life for their family. Life tends to throw people curveballs. One of the last reasons it is hard to learn a new language is because it is expensive. One of the Programs called Rosetta Stone is and internet program that people can use to help them learn a new language. The problem with the cost is it can cost hundreds of dollars. A New American coming to the United States definitely will not have the money for the Rosetta Stone Program. It is a decent way of learning a new language, but what a person can learn is limited.

 

 

chart3

 

http://eurotalk.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/chart3.jpg

 

 

One of the cases featuring New Americans that is a little more local is happening in Erie Pennsylvania at one of the high schools. According to East High Schools web page there are 900 students in the high school and around 300 of them are English language learners. I did and internship that took place at East High School and in the main entrance there were maps of many of the countries around the world. I was always curious as to why all of those maps were there and I would later learn that.

 

east

http://www.eriesd.org/east

 

 

 

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

Somehow someway New Americans are going to have to try and make the best of what they can with the language they speak. Coming to The United states is challenging. Best of luck to all New Americans in The United States.

 

648348588

http://thetimes-tribune.com/polopoly_fs/1.876807!/image/648348588.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_490/648348588.jpg