Samantha's Carry On
Samantha Flores was born in the Dominican Republic. When she moved to the United States, she was heading into middle school without being fluent in English. She had only had brief classroom encounters throughout her upbringing. Samantha was placed in ESOL, which are classes that are geared towards students who are learning English as a second language, and this made her transition into the English language much easier. This was just the beginning of her journey. Her story is very common among many people who want to learn a new language. They move to a very foreign environment with the added challenge of acquiring a new language. Granted, they might have had classroom exposure in their homeland, this does not fully expose them to fundamental daily language skills such as colloquial that can only be acquired by living in an environment, where the language is primarily spoken. A narrative by Andrew Schaengold describes his experience working at a pizzeria and how it exposed him to the Spanish language daily. Schaengold was the main worker who took orders from Spanish speaking customers. He pushed himself to understanding the rapidness in his customer's Spanish fluency. He continuously develops his fluency in the Spanish language in the same way Samantha had to when she was in 8th grade. Samantha was placed in classes that were fully taught in English which pushed her to learn to understand English because she was surrounded by peers that spoke rapidly in English. This change in environment truly ignited her proficiency in the English language and well as Shaengold's Spanish proficiency.