ESL students having difficulty keeping up with virtual learning

ESL students in Arizona are having a hard time dealing with virtual learning due to minor communication barriers.

Communication barrier for ESL students

English as a second language (ESL) students are crawling their way in keeping up with the lessons in virtual learning as the discussion and activities are in the English language. Several students are requesting special consideration for non-native English speakers to be given a translated version of the virtual learning modules and discussions. Some schools in the U.S. are home to a mix of non-native English speakers, such as those with Hispanic, Asian, and Indian heritage.

Some schools have the assumption that all students are bilingual and able to understand the English language effectively. But, according to one of the unified schools near the U.S. – Mexico border, of its 5,600 students, around 21 percent requires ESL classes for supervision.

A good samaritan offers to homeschool ESL students

A farmhouse in Buckeye, Arizona, owned by the Mayfield family, has been transformed into a schoolhouse catering to its employee’s children. Carrie Mayfield, owner of the farmhouse even hired a real teacher to teach the children twice a week. The teacher guides the students with their homework and also offers English translation classes.

Carrie’s generous act of caring for her employees is a simple gesture that can generate a ripple of positivity to one another, something very essential during this time of the pandemic.

Recently, the Mayfields also added the services of a high schooler which will assist in teacher Madison Harris’s tutorials and English translations.