Javier came to the U.S. from Mexico with his wife and infant son to work hard for a better life. As his children became school age, Javier began struggling to communicate with their teachers and healthcare providers because of his lack of English-language skills.
“I needed confidence,” admitted soft-spoken Abdullah. “I needed to practice with someone who could correct my mistakes. I knew learning as much English as possible would make my assimilation into the United States easier.”
We’ve all begun something new. Perhaps it was a starting a new job or relocating to a new town, where we’ve left behind familiar routines and treasured friends. Perhaps we felt uneasy and unsure of ourselves as we worked to get established among unfamiliar faces and places.
Imagine raising five children. Whether you’re a parent or not, you can conjure images of what it means to raise a large family. Now, imagine that your five children all speak fluent English—but you don’t. And that everyone in your family is a U.S. citizen—but you aren’t. This was Lourdes’s experience, until she stepped forward…