An Honest Discussion About Learning as a Bilingual Student in American Schools

Chris Sclafani


Bilingual students are a distinctive portion of the population of American schools. While encountering these students is not a rare occurrence, the type of instruction and assistance that is provided varies greatly from district to district. This professional memo highlights a series of open conversations with an adult bilingual learner. One is able to see the impact of school-related responses (or lack thereof) from his youth upon his later life.


Bilingual Education; Translanguaging; Foreign Language

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