My First Year At The United States Essay

796 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Moving from a country to another is already hard enough. Having to adapt and even learn a new language makes it twice as difficult. This is something that a lot of people in the United States have to deal with, myself included.
I moved from El Salvador when I was nine years old. I had to get accustomed to practically a new way of living. I had to get used to a new culture and a new way of communicating. I started fourth grade here and I was put in an ESL class. My first year in school wasn’t as bad as it could have been. My ESL teacher spoke perfect Spanish, which meant I didn’t have to worry so much because if there was ever a time in which I was unable to say what I needed to say in English, I could just say it in Spanish. I felt secure. The class was also filled with students like me who also didn’t speak English. It was my first year in school here in the United States, therefore my teachers and parents also weren’t expecting a lot from me.
The real problem started the following school year when I started fifth grade. This is the point where I realized how difficult it was going to be for me. At this time, my family moved houses, and for that reason I had to switch schools. This meant no more easy ESL classes, with teachers and classmates who spoke Spanish. In this new school I was placed in a regular class, with people who only spoke in English. There were only about two other students who were in the same situation as I. We were sent to personally meet with an ESL…

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