Bilingual Students

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Article by Trina Wilson

We have a variety of bilingual students at Springville Junior High, which is definitely a plus for our school.  It gives us a pop of diversity.  I talked to about four student who all shared the same first and second language.

All of the students who were asked speak Spanish as their first language and English for their second language.  For some of them learning English wasn’t very hard, but some found English very weird and confusing.  The longest it took for one student was about six years, the shortest was a month.  Many of the students were able to learn from school, neighbors and parents.  It came easy for some but not everyone.  One student had told me it was hard because people would use words she hadn’t learned yet.  Grammar was also an issue at times because English is a very weird language.  Overall they like being able to speak two languages.  It takes a lot of smarts to know two languages.